Alice Chekani in her early 30s now deceased on 20th July, 2018 around 3:00 AM delivered a bouncing baby at her husband's house at Kamwendo village in the same area. Though there was an urgent need for medical attention to save her, her husband denied her medical chance.
He claimed that his church "Kubwera kwa Yesu," does not allow its members including his family seek medical attention, no matter what. Instead he advised everyone at his house to kneel down and pray to God for his wife's healing.
As the morning grew into day, it turned into evening the pains for Chekani were unbearable. This forced community leaders to intervene for helpless Chekani to be taken to a nearby hospital. Indeed a sign of insubordination to the family's faith and belief.
Around noon Chekani was rushed to Mulanje Mission hospital where she was sadly pronounced dead upon arrival leaving behind her one day old baby motherless.
Meanwhile the baby is at ICU department at Mulanje Hospital for care and support.
Efforts to speak to the hospital staff proved futile, while village head Mwithwa described the situation as lamentable and unbelievable.
Chekani’s Burial is expected to take place on 21 June 2018 as family meetings are in progress to find the best way possible on how to handle the situation.