Kenya rugby legend Benjamin Ayimba through his family has pleaded with Kenyans to help them foot the hospital bill of over 2.2 million shillings.
According to family reports, the veteran rugby player is suffering from a cerebral malaria and is critically ill in the hospital.
Since the beginning of this year, Benjamin Ayimba has stayed out of the public limelight for several months with sources indicating that he has been battling the condition in privacy.
The Standard reported from the family that Benjamin Ayimba is currently admitted in HDU at a Nairobi hospital, and can hardly speak or recognize anyone for days now.
“All this while we have tried to maintain his privacy and dignity but it has reached a point where we can’t keep quiet anymore.” Revealed the family.
Further, his eldest son by the name Brian disclosed that the rugby legend is in need of specialized treatment which requires him to be transferred to another hospital. However, the transfer is not possible since the family is supposed to first pay a pending hospital bill of 2.2 million Kenya shillings.
“The family thought it was not going to be this serious. So, we didn’t want to cause alarm but where we have reached now, we call upon the rest of the country to come to our help. With the hospital bill now standing at over Sh2.2 million, we need help as we have exhausted family resources,” he stated.
Benjamin Ayimba is one of those veteran rugby icons that have a special place in the hearts of Kenyans having served as a coach and a player in the past.
When Kenya took part at the Rugby Sevens World Cups of 2001 and 2005, Ayimba represented the country before later becoming the coach and leading the team to the championship during the Singapore IRB Sevens in 2016