A city pastor is making headlines for claiming that he has not had sex with his wife for over a decade due to a rare health condition.
Pastor Francis Gichuru Gachieki, the lead preacher and founder of Christ Ambassadors Church International in Nairobi’s Mowlem area, has not been intimate with his beloved wife since 2000, when he developed prolactinoma, a medical condition which makes him produce milk from his breasts.
The condition causes reduced libido, low calcium, hormonal imbalance and even infertility.
In an interview with The Nairobian, the former manager at an insurance company, said, “Actually, the problem began immediately after our wedding in 2000, then I could not perform to the maximum, but we could not figure out the root cause.”
“After stepping out of a cyber café back in 2007, I noticed an unusual liquid on my shirt, but ignored it and proceeded home in Kariobangi,” he said.
When he got home, his wife, Mercy Muthoni, also noticed the liquid discharge and asked him to remove his shirt after which she squeezed his breasts and discovered that the abnormal liquid was milk and not sweat.
The local daily reports that the pastor went to see a doctor who referred him to Kenyatta National Hospital and several tests were conducted. He says he felt humiliated when female patients started laughing at him as he queued with them in the same line.
“Soon after, I started experiencing severe headaches, poor eyesight among other disturbing symptoms and even though doctors conducted several tests, including squeezing out milk for tests, they did not make a conclusive diagnosis,” he said.
“When my conditioned worsened in 2014, my doctor proposed a surgery in India, United States, Singapore or Israel,” he said. “This surgery is very important to me as it will restore my life including my libido,” he explained.
To date, he has reportedly used more than Sh1.3 million on medical bills. Meanwhile, his doctors have estimated that he needs more than Sh2.5 million for a complete surgery.
Due to his condition, his Christian ministry suffered and “some members took off, saying that a childless man cannot lead them.”
Additional Reporting by The Nairobian