Jackline Faustina, a mother of three, never in her life imagine that she would become a victim of the broken healthcare system in Kenya.
Mrs Faustina narrated, in tears, the embarrassment and pain she went through while giving birth to her son right outside Pumwani Hospital.
On Friday, a video of her giving birth on the tarmac outside the Pumwani Maternity Hospital surfaced online. It caused an uproar and Kenyans kept questioning why a hospital would deny the mother access to its facilities.
Some people alleged that security guards at the hospital denied her access to the hospital. For this reason, the mother had no choice but to give birth on the tarmac outside the hospital.
Jackline Faustina narrated that she went into labor while alone in the house on 13th September. She said that her husband arrived later on and ordered for a taxi to take them to Pumwani hospital.
“When my husband came later, he found me in a lot of pain so he ordered for a taxi and took me to Pumwani Hospital,” she said.
“When we got there, the staff declined to open the gate for us. We begged but they claimed they were on strike and could not open for us. I just gave birth right there,”she added.
Jackline also said that other than having to deliver the baby with very little assistance, she also had to struggle to cover herself from the onlookers. Additionally, she had to ensure that her baby did not hit the hard, uneven tarmac.
“It was in the middle of the road and in front of many people. I tried covering the baby as well as myself since there were people around including men,” she narrated in tears.
After giving birth, her baby developed breathing complications. They took the baby to the nursery at Pumwani Hospital and later they were discharged.