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She coughs uncontrollably in her mud-walled house in Uasin Gishu as she positions a nasal cannula. Beside her, are three oxygen cylinders – one is a 75-kilogramme cylinder and the two smaller ones.

Meet Rose Chemwetich, 55, who has been dependent on oxygen cylinders since 2017, after she developed an agonising disease that made it difficult for her to breathe. Her lungs had failed.

It all started with a simple cough in 2016. What Rose thought was a common cold turned out to be something bigger.The widow says she visited a local dispensary and was treated for the ‘minor’ ailment but the coughing persisted.

Four years later, she cannot survive without the oxygen cylinder even for two minutes, her failing lungs cannot sustain regular breathing.But the biggest worry for the mother of four is that her family is now unable to refill the oxygen cylinder.

Every week, the woman from Moiben Constituency refills the apparatus at Sh4,500.“When health workers at the dispensary discovered the coughing was not ceasing, they referred me to Uasin Gishu District Hospital for further tests. Doctors there suspected tuberculosis, but tests turned out negative,” Rose says.

Condition worsened

When the urge to visit the toilet comes, she wobbly walks to the little room but has to be as quick as possible because she has to return to her oxygen cylinders, which are carefully positioned.

Rose says her condition worsened in 2017 and was admitted to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), where medics recommended oxygen cylinders at home after her lungs failed to support breathing.A short while later, she was also diagnosed with diabetes. This made the situation worse.

“Neighbours have been generously contributing towards my oxygen, but they are now tired. I have sold more than half of the land I am currently residing in to remain alive,” she says.

Unable to live an ordinary life, Rose only gets out every two weeks, when she has to visit the MTRH for treatment and assessment, or when she runs out of oxygen.

“Relatives rush me to hospital whenever the oxygen runs out. At the hospital, I am put under oxygen as I refill the cylinders. One of my relatives has turned into a nurse, and sits next to me all the time,” she says

.She adds: “I feel a lot of pain in the chest when I cough. My breasts are also swollen. Doctors say there is poor flow of blood between my heart and lungs.” A report by a doctor Owino at MTRH indicates that Rose suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Experts describe COPD as an obstructive lung disease characterised by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. According to the report, the condition can only be cured through a lung transplant, a procedure that is unavailable in Kenya.

Devastated family

“She was stabilised on oxygen. She responded well and was discharged to continue with the usual oxygen and insulin,” her discharge sheet dated February 17, 2020 reads in part. Rose’s daughter, Joan Chepchirchir says her mother’s condition has devastated the family. “We have been forced to sell our only farm to buy oxygen for our mother and have to depend on our uncles,” she says.

Joan says she secured a job at a hotel in Eldoret in 2017 but turned it down because she had to take care of her ailing mother.She says her family has been organising fundraising events to get get funds to purchase oxygen, but they have stopped asking for help.Rose’s nephew, Ishmael Kipsang says the family has used more than Sh4 million on oxygen alone.

Ishmael says that in recent months, the family has been struggling to pay for the gas.

“We owe the oxygen provider more than Sh100,000 in unpaid refills and they are threatening to deny us the gas,” says Ishmael as he calls on the State to help them in getting better treatment for his aunt.Jane Naliaka, a neighbour says Rose’s family is subdued by the draining health condition, and now feels helpless.

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VIDEO: Media personality’s Mzungu hubby forced to apologize to wife over trolls following their ‘Love story’ TV interview

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Carolina Carlz and Mzungu hubby, Troy William had a candid interview done on Ebru TV about months ago. The detailed interview shed light on how they met and fell in love to a point of starting a family together.

Well, unlike most women dating Caucasian men these two did not meet on a dating app; but bumped into each other at Sarit center – and just like any other love story…the rest is history.

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However their interview with Ebru TV may have left fans with the wrong impression about Carolina Carlz. As seen on the comment section it appears that most felt that the media personality came too strong; after asking her white man whether he would marry her.

Of course he has plans but since he did not reveal when. This however left Carolina looking like she was pushing him into marriage – but come on! Can’t a person have a sense of humor even when it comes to marriage? https://youtu.be/6m1IkOmUPZM

Kenyans attack

Well, there are those who had been waiting for such an opportunity in order to attack Carolina Carlz. From the comments on YouTube, clearly the fans left no stones unturned as they attacked the mother of one.

Probably the husband had no idea on how Kenyans react to such posts; hence their latest vblog where he issued an apology; for making his wife look bad and creating a platform for critics to attack her.

As seen on the video the Troy went on apologizing to his lovely wife; hence shutting down rumors claiming that his wife is clingy, pushy or desperate for marriage. It is no secret that they are different but at the end of the day; they still love each other.

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Paul Walker’s heartbreaking autopsy and grim details that aroused daughter’s suspicions

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Seven years ago today, Hollywood actor Paul Walker had enjoyed a fun-filled day with friends at a charity fundraiser in Los Angeles. Little did the Fast and Furious star know that when he agreed to take a spin in friend Roger Rodas’ 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, the ride would be his last.

The car ploughed into a concrete lamppost at high speed, tearing the vehicle almost in half and killing both Paul, 40, and Roger in an inferno of mangled wreckage. Helpless witnesses tried to extinguish the molten fireball that enveloped the car, but the flames could not be stopped. Given the horror of the crash, many believed father-of-one Paul must have been killed instantly.

But his autopsy revealed a heartbreaking fact – traces of soot were found in Paul’s windpipe, meaning he’d still been breathing as the fire raged. Furthermore, the report detailed how Paul’s body was so badly burned that he could only be identified by dental records and his charred organs were too damaged for donation. Meanwhile, Roger’s skull was fractured and the top part missing, leaving his brain exposed.

Paul Walker and his daughter Meadow. (Courtesy)

The coroner found no evidence of drink or drug use and recorded a verdict of death by “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.” But Paul’s daughter Meadow didn’t agree and filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, claiming her father initially survived the crash and could have escaped but was trapped by his seatbelt.

According to the lawsuit, which was obtained by TMZ and vigorously contested by Porsche, Paul was alive for one minute and 20 seconds after impact but couldn’t get out because the seatbelt “snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis”.!

Lawyers claimed it had taken a whole minute for the fire to break out, giving Paul ample time to make his escape. They also alleged the car lacked sufficient door reinforcements and that manufacturers hadn’t used fuel lines that break free to prevent a fire in a crash.

The lawsuit claimed: “Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today.”

But Porsche defended itself stating Paul was a “knowledgeable and sophisticated user” of the sports car and argued: “The perils, risk, and danger were open and obvious and known to him, and he chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself to such perils, dangers, and risks, thus assuming all the risks involved in using the vehicle.”

The battle was resolved in 2017 when the wrongful death lawsuit was withdrawn and a settlement reached although the terms have never been disclosed.

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Lupita, others pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman on what would have been his 44th birthday

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Oscar award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is among celebrities and fans who paid tribute to late actor Chadwick Boseman on his would be 44th birthday.

The Black Panther star was 43 when he lost his four-year battle with colon cancer on August 28, 2020

Boseman was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016, according to a post on his Twitter account announcing the actor’s death.

Lupita, who played Boseman’s love interest in the “Black Panther”, shared a picture of herself and Boseman with the caption, “Deeply loved, sorely missed. #ChadwickBoseman.”

Disney honoured Boseman with a “Black Panther” themed Marvel Studios logo.

The redesigned logo could be seen by those watching “Black Panther” on Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+.

Marvel Studios further shared a video of the logo on Twitter.

Disney honoured Boseman with a “Black Panther” themed Marvel Studios logo.

The redesigned logo could be seen by those watching “Black Panther” on Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+.

Marvel Studios further shared a video of the logo on Twitter.

Actor and producer Mark Ruffalo shared a behind-the-scenes video of the cast and crew singing happy birthday to Boseman during the filming of a Marvel film. “Happy Birthday”, he captioned the video, “Thinking of your passion, love, and your light today @chadwickboseman Happy Birthday. Wishing we could time travel back to this moment.”

Rapper and actor Common tweeted “Happy Birthday King. God Bless You. Thank you for using your gift to bring light to this world. RIP.”

Many others also wished the late actor a happy birthday posthumously.


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