Malindi family in shock as kin's body arrives in Kenya with missing heart and other body organs

Malindi family in shock as kin's body arrives in Kenya with missing heart and other body organs
Photo: Courtesy

A family in Malindi, Kilifi County, is in awe after the body of their relative was brought back to Kenya from Italy with missing internal body organs.

A postmortem conducted at the Malindi Referral Hospital mortuary revealed the body of Amani Justine Luwali was missing vital organs, including the heart, major blood vessels, kidneys, eyeballs and liver.

According to Ms Luwali’s elder brother, James Karisa, the victim had married an Italian man and the two had a daughter. The couple moved to Italy in 2016.

Photo: Courtesy// A photo of Amani Justine Luwali provided by her family. A post-mortem conducted at the Malindi Referral Hospital mortuary revealed she was missing vital organs when it was brought back from Italy.

According to James Karisa, the family learnt of their kin's death on September 27th through a phone call.

“We learnt of my sister’s demise on September 27 this year. We received a phone call from one of our relatives in Italy that she was found dead in her house,” Mr Karisa said.

But on hearing about plans to cremate and bury her remains in Italy, the family started working to bring her body home.

“Her body was flown to Kenya on October 27 and a postmortem was conducted on November 3,” Mr Karisa said.

When Ms Luwali's body was found, it had bloodstains on the nose and mouth, prompting her family in Kenya to order a postmortem to establish the cause of death.

“The appearance of the body revealed her eyes to be sunken but her eyelids were together. Under the cardiovascular system, the body was missing the heart, and all major blood vessels including the aorta were not present,” reads the postmortem report seen by the media.

Photo: Courtesy// The family of Amani Justine Luwali whose body was brought back to Kenya from Italy with missing organs. With them is Mathias Shipeta of Haki Africa, a human rights lobby group, who urged a speedy investigation into the woman's death.

The family reported the matter to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in Malindi and Interpol, which is investigating.

The family suspects foul play, said Mr Mathias Shipeta of Haki Africa, a human rights lobby group, urging a speedy investigation into the death.