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Coast KCPE star appeals for help from donors as she battles cancer

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When Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination results were announced late last year, Mary Mutua, 14, was excited for topping her class with 415 marks.

She was the best student at Amani Primary School. Her joy was cut short when her father broke the sad news. She had cancer.

Even with swellings in her left leg and persistent pain, she was among the top public-school performers in Mombasa.

When Mary’s parents realised that their firstborn child was sick, they did not tell her, because she was about to sit the tests.

Mary was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer about three weeks before the start of the national examination.

In October, Mr Josephat Mutua, a businessman, hid all the medical files that showed his daughter was sick.

“When Dr Samson Bebora broke the news that my daughter had cancer, we cried. We later said we would face it. We had to be strong for her. I did not want my daughter to panic and that is why we never informed her,” Mr Mutua said.

Mary kept pestering her parents to reveal what was making her sick.

“She kept complaining of pain in her limb. If it happens again, I would not tell her she has cancer, especially when the national examinations are approaching,” Mr Mutua added.

On October 1, Mr Mutua and his wife took Mary to hospital for tests. The cancer results came back positive on October 30.

“I asked him to tell me the results again and again but he repeated the same thing. My leg was hurting and I could not walk. My father used to take me to school and back. I could not play with my friends,” she added.

A week after the examination, and as her condition grew worse, Mr Mutua could no longer hide the secret. He was afraid the cancer was spreading fast.

“Dad took me to the cancer centre at Coast Provincial General Hospital. I stood at the entrance and asked him why we were there.

“I thought it was only a tumour but dad put on a brave face and broke the news. I cried like I had never cried before,” Mary added.

When the KCPE exam results were announced at Star of the Sea Primary School on November 19, Mary prayed for a miracle.

And her prayers were answered on realising she had scored 415 marks out of a possible 500.

“It was a mixed feeling. I was called to Bunyore Girls High School in Vihiga but my treatment was to begin immediately,” she said.

She started treatment hoping to join secondary school in January. Unfortunately, doctors said Mary’s leg had to be amputated. The family sought more advice from other specialists.

“Dr Bebora told us to go to India for limp salvage surgery. It meant removing the bone and replacing it with a prosthesis. My family rejected amputation. Well- wishers donated money for my treatment,” she said.

“Dr Bebora counselled me. He said I would win the war against cancer since I am a fighter. The doctor, my parents and siblings have been my strength and hope.”

Armed with Sh1.9 million from well-wishers and personal savings, the girl and her father flew to India on December 5.

“We did not know it would take that long. We came back just a week ago,” she added.

In India, doctors conducted a CT scan and confirmed Mary had cancer.

“It was only in my left leg. The doctors came up with a treatment plan that included six chemotherapy sessions for 10 weeks.

But Mary kept pestering her parents to reveal what was making her sick.

‘‘Surgery would take place in the eleventh week, depending on the results of the chemotherapy,” she said.

“People who gave us the money wanted to detain my family. My wife had to sign some promissory documents to be released. We’ll settle the remaining amount later. I now have a debt of Sh400,000 and have sold everything I can,” Mr Mutua added.

Yesterday, the family was looking for a hospital to conduct a urine PH test. None of the hospitals in the coastal region does such tests.

The family now plans to take Mary to Nairobi for the test.

“I have to undergo the test every six hours in order to take my chemo medication. My urine PH has to be maintained for my kidney to be protected,” she said.

The family says chemotherapy is Sh65,000 per session.

Due to lack of the machine, doctors have advised her to drop some of the Indian medicines, however their counterparts in Indian have warned her against the move.

“The doctors from Indian warned me against such decision, they said if I use all the medicines my cancer will completely heal, I take six drugs in a day. I wish to go back to end to finalise my treatment due to lack of machines in Kenya,” she added.

She has been warned against substituting drugs.

“My bone from the knee to the hip joint was removed, I dropped out of school to seek medication in India, I am back home but there’s no treatment in Kenya, what do I do?” she asked.

source: Daily Nation

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KWITU Founder Lilly Richards Launches New Shoe Line in the US

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Kenya Women in the United States (KWITU) founder and president Lilly Richards has launched a new shoe line dubbed “Lavish by Lilly.”

The shoes, intended for the high-end market, are handmade by a master Italian craftsman from pristine Italian leather and are available on order.

Ms. Lilly has taken to social media to express her joy even as she thanked her customers who have made orders for the shoes.

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“Yesterday I woke up to hundreds of tags on the Internet. I did not see it coming but the love and support was unbelievable,” she says.

“How did I get to be so lucky as to have your love and support. You have encouraged me and reassured me of God’s love and promises to us. I am beyond grateful. I am overwhelmed with joy. My heart is full and at this point I can say I am truly happy and always blessed. Thank you for standing with me as I take a chance. Thanks to all that have put in orders. Nashukuru.”

Lilly is an advocate for women and children and currently partners with results.org to help influence political decisions and bring to end preventable maternal and child deaths.

She founded KWITU, one of the largest and most active Kenyan women network in the diaspora.

SOURCE: Mwakilishi.com

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We’ll continue giving money to churches, DP Ruto says

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Deputy President William Ruto has hit back at critics as the ‘dirty money’ in churches debate rages on.

Anglican Church Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit waded into the debate when he announced that the church will review donations by political leaders.

Sapit spoke against using pulpits to ‘clean’ stolen money in the guise of charitable donations.

But on Wednesday, Ruto said his faith comes first before ‘politician’ titles.

“Since Sunday school we learned to kneel before and worship GOD that’s the ONLY reason we stand before men,” he said.

“We will continue to worship Jehovah with our hearts and substance.”

Ruto added that he is not unashamed of his God and unapologetic of his faith.

“We are Christians first other titles after,” he added.

The churches spoke against the backdrop of a vicious debate on harambees in churches.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga hit out at corrupt leaders for turning churches into avenues of laundering money obtained illegally from public coffers.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka also cautioned clerics against accepting money suspected to be proceeds of corruption.

Although the two leaders did not name names, their statements could have been a veiled attack on Ruto over his huge donations in church fundraisers.

Ruto’s penchant for church donations has been a subject of heated debates, with a number of leaders questioning the source of the millions he has been using to bankroll church activities all over the country.

The DP has, however, remained unapologetic about helping religious institutions and fashioned himself as an evangelist dedicated to spreading the gospel and supporting churches – at one point saying he is investing in heaven.

source:thestar

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Former UoN student arrested for impersonating Aden Duale, defrauding public

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Officers attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) at the central police station are holding a former University of Nairobi student who has been impersonating National Assembly leader of majority Aden Duale.

Mr James Oire Ombui is said to have opened a fake Facebook account using Mr Duale’s name where he has been luring unsuspecting members of the public to part with Sh 2,000 in order for them to access 10,000 scholarships allegedly set aside for students across the country.

According to a statement issued by the DCI, Mr Ombui had been asking unsuspecting Kenyans to send the cash to his two phone numbers listed as 0720886964 and 0722134712.

Central Police Station police boss Peter Atavashi said officers pounced on the suspect in Nakuru before transferring him to the central police station in Nairobi.

“He was arrested in Nakuru and brought to central police station after a complaint was made against him,” he said.

Nairobi News has also established that the suspect was arraigned in Nairobi on Tuesday to face charges of impersonating the senior Jubilee Party and parliament leader.

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