Retired President Daniel Arap Moi is currently hospitalised at the Nairobi Hospital.
The 95-year-old is has been in and out of the hospital and he has been suffering from a pleural effusion ( a medical condition where excess fluids accumulate around the lung areas), knee pain and age-related conditions.
Well, life support is a therapy or device designed to preserve someone’s life when an essential bodily system is not doing so. Life support may, for example, involve enteric feeding (by a tube), total parenteral nutrition, mechanical ventilation, a pacemaker, defibrillator, heart/lung machine, or dialysis.
Most patients are either put on or off life support depending on the family’s decision.
When patients and their families are forced to make decisions concerning life support as a form of end-of-life or emergency treatment, ethical dilemmas often arise. When a patient is terminally ill or seriously injured, medical interventions can save or prolong the life of the patient.
In October last year, Moi was hospitalised at the facility and discharged before he was admitted again. Since then, his health hasn’t been stable.