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VIDEO: Drama as man climbs atop a plane before take off

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A man who climbed onto the wing of a plane as it prepared for takeoff at the airport in Nigeria’s Lagos city has been arrested, authorities said.

The man, who has not been identified, walked towards the aircraft on the runway and was spotted by the pilot, who slowed down and later turned off the engine as the man continued to wander around the aircraft, Azman Air said in a statement.
He then jumped onto a wing of the plane and tried to access the cabin, the airline said. The pilot radioed the tarmac to report the incident, according to the airline.

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MIRACLE: How Victoria Mugo, a Kenyan woman in US lost both her hands and legs [VIDEO]

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A Kenyan woman from Aurora, Colorado, is a quadruple amputee. She lost her hands and her legs when pneumonia led to septic shock.

But Victoria Mugo , a mother of 1, is grateful to be alive.

Each year, more than 250,000 Americans die as a result of sepsis. The key is catching and treating it early.

Victoria is a celebrity of sorts at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA). The medical staff considers her a miracle.

For months, Victoria was in the ICU there. She lost both hands and both legs. Yet, on Monday, she came back to say “Thanks.”

 

 

“Because I’m grateful for life,” she told CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh.

“You don’t get any sicker than Victoria was,” explained Carolyn Golas, Sepsis Coordinator at TMCA.

On Jan. 9, Victoria was rushed to the ER with pneumonia. Within hours she was in septic shock, a toxic response to the infection.

Victoria Mugo

“She had about an 80% chance that she would not survive,” said Golas.

Victoria was put in a coma and on life support. Blood flow to her extremities slowed down. When the 38-year-old mother woke up, her hands and legs were dying.

“I could just snap them and not feel anything,” she said.

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All four were amputated.

“I am not sitting in a corner feeling sorry for myself because I don’t have my arms or my legs, I’m walking now (on prosthetic legs),” Victoria said.

Victoria’s faith in God is her strength.

“He got me through it. He is the one who has brought me this far,” she said.

She said she has what matters most, her son, Alexander, and the rest of her loving family.

Her smile is a smile of gratitude. Her fighting spirit is fueled by faith.

HCA Healthcare patient Victoria Mugo, pictured with son Alexander, prior to her sepsis hospitalization

Facts about sepsis from TMCA:

  • Sepsis is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. killing more than 250,000 patients per year.
  • In Colorado nearly 12,000 people will be diagnosed each year and nearly 3,000 will not survive.
  • Patients with septic shock have a mortality (death) rate of about 50-60%.
  • Once you have had severe sepsis you are at a greater risk of it reoccurring.
  • For more information you can go to the Sepsis Alliance at www.AuroraMed.com/sepsis.

–Dcbsnews

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VIDEO: Meet 58 year old Kenya High Court judge Mumbi Ngugi, a true icon

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On Sunday, Prof Makau Mutua wrote an opinion piece in the Daily Nation Titled: Justice Mumbi is a judicial icon.

We couldn’t agree more.

“Justice Mumbi Ngugi is a cut above the rest. She stands tall in the temple of justice. She’s among a small cadre of judges, with justices Odunga and Joel Ngugi, who are exemplars. Unlike others, she doesn’t whine. She’s a judicial icon who puts her head down and barrels forward. Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta has refused, without reason, and in defiance of the Constitution, to elevate her and the others to the Court of Appeal as recommended by the Judicial Service Commission. This is unacceptable. The Chinese say it’s the peacock that raises its head that gets shot. The state is punishing her and her unimpeachable colleagues for seeing far, like a judicial giraffe, and doing the right thing.

Let’s just take a couple of Justice Mumbi Ngugi’s rulings. She boldly pioneered the landmark ruling that governors facing corruption charges cannot exercise their gubernatorial duties for the pendency of the suit. Thanks to the ruling, Governor Ferdinand Waititu of Kiambu County was shown the door.

More recently, she has ruled that property which can’t be explained is the fruit of crime and must be forfeited. If Mr Kenyatta is serious about fighting graft, then Judge Ngugi is a foremost ally. Only lawyers and judges in corrupt cartels detest her. There’s absolutely no reason – zilch – for Mr Kenyatta to hold up her elevation to the Court of Appeal,” Prof Mutua wrote in part.

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As a young girl, Grace Mumbi Ngugi heard stories of people living with albinism dying of skin cancer before their 40th birthday. Now at the age of 53, she has long conquered the fear of dying young, and has learned to live with her condition and feel comfortable in her own skin. Meet Grace Mumbi Ngugi.

She was born in Banana Hill,Kiambu. she was born with albinism, to a family of 11 siblings.[3] Justice Ngugi attended Thimbigua Primary School she passed well after gaining 35 out 36 points and was admitted to Ngandu Girls High School in Nyeri.[4] Her academic life was marked with great achievement which enabled her to pursue law degrees at reputable institutions such as the University of Nairobi and the London School of Economic and political science,University of London.[5]

 Formative years: Grace Mumbi with her fellow students at Ngandu Girls School in Nyeri, Kenya.

She was appointed a High Court judge in 2011. She is the co- founder of the Albinism Foundation of East Africa,[6] She has served in different capacities in private,public society sectors.

Hon.lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi was awarded the 2018 CB madan Award in annual ceremony organized by The platform Magazine and Strathmore Law School.[7]

My experiences with discrimination are less severe than the experiences most people with albinism have had. The circumstances I grew up in, the schools I went to and my professional training all helped make my life and experience less difficult than they would otherwise have been.

However, my life has not been smooth sailing. It has never been easy especially when a large proportion of society is avoiding you. In fact, finding jobs for people like me is almost impossible because the world is convinced we are intellectually challenged, or a bad omen, or just objects of curiosity.

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When I was growing up, I was always the centre of attention in every crowd I was brave enough to appear in. When I walked into a public place, everything would come to a standstill and I would feel everyone’s eyes tearing me apart. Some voices were loud while others whispered, but they all analysed me, mostly in disparaging terms.

My mother once took me to Kenyatta National Hospital in the capital, Nairobi, to seek help for my poor eyesight, but the doctors did not even know that I could be assisted with glasses, at least to protect my eyes from the glare of the sun. It was not until I was in high school that I finally got glasses with photo chromatic lenses.

There was little information around me about albinism so I scoured every little bit of information from reading books and magazines. I learned about preventing sunburn through use of sunscreen. I didn’t see or use sunscreen until I was about 17 years of age when I discovered it in a supermarket.

Perception change

The problem lies in societal perceptions where children born with albinism are shunned, denied education and later employment opportunities, and treated as if they don’t exist. What many people don’t realise is that albinism is not painful, neither is it a disease that will kill you. It simply is a lack of the melanin pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes, which makes us look different on the outside, but not on the inside.

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I am one of the co-founders of the Albinism Foundation of East Africa, which came into being in 2008. We want to ensure the social acceptance of people with albinism. It is not fair for people with this condition to die unemployed, uneducated, unaccepted, and maimed or killed for witchcraft rituals.

The myths and misconceptions about albinism are also distressing. Some parents believe that children with albinism can ‘tan’ if they stay in the sun. This, of course, only leads to great damage to their skin. Many fathers abandon their wives when they produce children with albinism, without realising that both parents have to be carriers of albinism for a child to have that condition.

Grace Mumbi Ngugi
Grace Mumbi Ngugi

A better future

The situation may seem hopeless and depressing, but I believe the future is promising for people with albinism. We have a new Constitution that guarantees all Kenyans a right to health. I believe the Government will wake up to its responsibility soon and make sunscreen available in all hospitals for people with albinism, particularly children.

We all need support systems to see us through life, particularly when it has the kind of challenges that many of us have had to deal with. I am blessed with such a system: my family, an extended family that loves me for who I am, and a couple of great, close friends who have been a great source of strength for me.

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United Nations Human Rights

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VIDEO: “Rafiki” producer Wanuri Kahiu lands lucrative deal with Disney 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

“Rafiki” Movie director Wanuri Kahiu on Thursday, July 30 confirmed reports that she was set to direct a new film for the streaming service Disney+.

Kahiu, a Kenyan, was chosen to direct a film adaptation of acclaimed Broadway musical ‘Once on This Island’ which itself is based on a 1985 novel by Rosa Guy, My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl.

The project, co-ordinated by Disney’s live-action division, also brings other heavyweights on board including Producer Marc Platt, who is behind several major Hollywood productions including La La Land and Wicked.

The film will be written by Jocelyn Bioh, a Ghanaian-American writer, leading playwright and actor.

Disney hopes that Once on This Island will prove a hit with viewers, particularly on Disney+ where Broadway musical Hamilton is among the most watched productions.

Kahiu disclosed that she was looking forward to working on the project even as congratulatory messages poured in from a section of Kenyans.

“I’m grateful to be directing the film adaptation of Once On This Island for Disney+ with scriptwriter Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls/ She Gotta Have It/ Russian Doll)!!!

“A musical about true love, Gods and the magic of radical hope!” she excitedly announced.

The acclaimed musical which has won several awards since it first ran in 1990 tells the story of a peasant girl who fell in love with an aristocrat.

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Set in the French Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, the island gods then wager a bet on what is more powerful between life and death.

It also highlights the challenges that people from different social classes experience in relationships.

Many Kenyans know Wanuri as the creator of Rafiki, the internationally acclaimed Lesbian love story film which was banned in the country.

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