Can a hospital bury a deceased without the consent of the family?

Swala Nyeti Podcast
Can a hospital bury a deceased without the consent of the family?
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In today’s episode, we discuss the rights of a deceased person pertaining to their body, similar to the story where a hospital buried a deceased patient without the knowledge or consent of the kin.

The Kenyatta National Hospital recently admitted that they buried Sabezia Killong in an undisclosed mass grave without the knowledge or consent of her kin. The family had been searching for her for months and have even made several visits to the hospital which had denied having admitted anyone by that description.

The family sought assistance from the Directorate of Criminal investigations who traced her cellphone to the hospital. The hospital admitted that they had admitted the deceased on December 20th but under a different name and had treated her until December 28th when she had died under unclear circumstances.

The hospital claims it had made attempts to trace her next of kin during her treatment and care. The hospital claims that the body remained unclaimed at the mortuary for four months before it released for burial in a mass grave at Langata Cemetery.

Link to the story:

https://nation.africa/kenya/news/knh-admits-burying-woman-without-notifying-kin-3394928#

Research by Maurine Kerich (maurine@swalanyeti.org)

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