“After getting my first born in 1999 I came to Nairobi in Mwiki, Kasarani with my husband in the year 2000 and got pregnant again in the same year but due to complication I was operated on and they found out that I had a wound in my womb and I lost the pregnancy, I was later discharged.
In 2001, I got sick again and was operated on a second time. A year later in the year 2002 I got pregnant again but it wasn’t rosy as I started feeling pain in my abdomen and when I went to the hospital they told me that the baby wrongly positioned and I was operated on a third time and lost the pregnancy again.
In 2003 I got sick again and went to Thika hospital where they carried out an ultra sound to determine the cause of my problem and after the results I was operated on for the fourth time. After about 2 years my abdomen started protruding while deeply in pain and had to go back to the hospital again. The doctors informed me that I was pregnant with twins but one was wrongly positioned in the Fallopian tube, and was operated again and they had to be removed. I went to stay with my mum until I recovered.
After a few months the complications returned and my mother recommended a specialist who upon going to see him told me that I had to get an X-ray to determine once and for all what was ailing me. And shortly after he told me that my appendix was the problem and had to be operated on for the sixth time.
In 2006 I got complication again in my abdomen and upon going to the hospital I was told I had fibroids and had to be operated on to remove the uterus. I told the doctor how I had had many operations and had no faith that this would help me, but he said that I had to. He told me to come back with my husband so that he could sign the necessary papers. But the doctors performed the operation without removing the uterus.
After about six months my husband who still thought that my uterus was removed said that he needed another baby and would marry another wife. I told him that I still had my uterus and could get pregnant and this angered him and after some tome I got pregnant again and carried it for about six months and after some screenings I was informed that the baby had died in my womb. I started dying slowly inside.
I got sick again and after going back to the specialist he told me that the fibroids were not completely removed and they had grown back. I had to be done another operating. I remember asking my husband if he or I were cursed for us to be having all this bad luck. After being discharged the pain did not stop and after some time I went back to the hospital. The doctors told me that my insides had raptured where the wound was. I went back to the theater and was operated on for the 10th time.
In 2009 the complications came back and I went back to the hospital and was operated on again. I got pregnant again but the baby was growing in the fallopian tube and got an operation to remove it. I went back to my job of selling vegetables and I thought life would now be okay.
But in 2010 the complications came back and upon going to the hospital I was referred to Kenyatta Hospital and the found out that I had a clot near my heart. I was operated on and stayed in the ICU for ten days and as my condition got better I was transferred to the ward. When I recovered I opened my eyes but could not see anything, I heard my mother’s voice and asked her what was happening, I could not see yet my eyes were opened. She told me to sleep for a while and things would be fine.
Upon waking up I heard a voice talking to me and it was the nurse who told me that I lost my eyesight while undergoing the operation. I was confused, why was this happening to me? I tried waking up but couldn’t, I could not feel my left side, I was paralyzed so I could not walk. On the day I was discharged we were told to go back after a week for checkup. I was taken back by my husband, brother and uncle. Upon reaching there my brother told my husband to go get a wheel chair as he queued in the line.
My husband left to go get the wheel chair but he stayed for long. I told my uncle that my husband has ran away. We tried calling him but he would not pick up and later switched the phone off, he never came back. In December last year I got sick again went to a local hospital and the doctor told me that I had typhoid, but after giving me drugs I still was not getting well. And in January I decided to go to Kenyatta hospital and found that a had blood clot in my chest and heart. I was treated and while in the ward I got worse and had to be rushed to the ICU treated and later taken to the ward and again back to the ICU and back to the ward.
When the doctor came to see me I could feel it in his voice that he had bad news, and he did. He told me that my lungs had collapsed and had a clot in both my head and heart. I was devastated, They told me that the cant operate me there and gave me a letter to be treated abroad. Since my lungs collapsed I had to buy an oxygen tank that costs 450,000, I could not raise the money for both the machine and the medical bills since my NHIF card could not settle the whole bill and had to do a harambee and I talked to a friend by the name of Ngatia who talked to my Member of Parliament Hon. John Njoroge Chege who came to my rescue and donated 500,000 Kshs and I was discharged. I use the machine all the time.
I found a hospital abroad and the cost is 7 million Kshs and knowing that I could not raise it I knew I would eventually die but a former councilor by the name of John Kibue came to see me and told me that he would help me raise the funds. He is God sent, my daughter used to carry the tank for me as we went for checkups but now he takes me to hospital in his car for checkups anytime I need to.
I will be getting treatment of Intravenous Filter Catheter Insertion, Lung mechanical reconstruction and Intensive care treatment due to Chronic Chest pain and difficulty in Breathing. We are doing a walk on the 15th of October from Naivas Kasarani to Mwiki and a harambee on December 4th in Mwiki and I plead with anyone who can help me to do so as I am hopeless at the moment”
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Source – Spirits of Nairobi