A Woman Selling her Kidney for 4.3mTshs to Pay Daughter’s Varsity Fees

A  woman in Kilifi  Kenya, is selling her kidney for 4.3million Tshs(2million Kshs) to enable her daughter complete her medicine degree in China. Eunice Msagha, 45, said she decided to sell the organ after failing to get a loan to pay Nancy Waithera’s fees. Waithera is in her third year at Xuzhou Medical University and needs Sh2.4 million Tshs to complete her programme in three years. She risks being deported if she fails to pay her third year fees.

Msagha separated from her husband 10 years ago and he has declined to support their children’s education. “Though we got separated, we agreed we would take annual turns to pay the fees. I paid for the first year but when his turn came, he declined to pay and even blocked my number so I could not contact him,” she told journalists at her home on Thursday.

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Msagha’s son Peter Macharia was admitted at Egerton University but has not enrolled. On Wednesday, Msagha visited Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa to sell the kidney but was told they did not have a patient in need. In her commitment letter, she says:

“Sh1.8 million should be deposited into my daughter’s bank account while Sh200,000 should be deposited into my son’s account so he can take care of himself as I recuperate.

“In the event that I die while undergoing the operation, the doctor should sell the other kidney at Sh2 million Kshand deposit the money into my son’s bank account.”

Msagha said she made the decision after her daughter threatened to sell her own kidney to pay the fees. “I advised my daughter not to sell her kidney … [she] is only 21 years. She still has a lot to do in life unlike me,” she said.


For the two years, Msagha paid the fees for her daughter after getting a loan from her employer, Barclays Bank. “After hitting a snag, I went back to my employer but I could not get a loan due to a change in policy. I am employed on contract…the bank cannot give a loan to an employee on contract,” she said. “They advised me to apply for the bank’s scholarship but my daughter was not eligible as the bank only gives scholarships to students in Kenyan universities.” Waithera told The Star on phone she might be deported next week. “I have been given up to Thursday because they are saying I cannot live in my dormitory because I have not paid. My documents do not allow me to be out of the university without permission so I can’t live anywhere else. That’s why they want to deport me.” The girl joined the university in September 2015 for the five-year course in medicine and a one-year internship. Donations can be sent to Waithera’s account at Barclays Bank, Kilifi branch. The account name is Nancy Waithera Macharia and the account number is 2034421423.


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