Betty Kyallo has once again recalled a harrowing ordeal when she almost lost her life after she was hit by a matatu in Nairobi CBD.
The K24 news presenter was still in high school and the accident threatened to change her life forever. She was hospitalised for 2 months and underwent seven corrective surgeries.
Betty took to social media to share the accident in a bid to encourage her followers.
She narrated how part of her face was scraped off as she was dragged on the tarmac by the moving vehicle.
“When I was in Form Three back in 2005, I was walking in town when I got hit by a matatu at Nairobi Railways Station. After getting hit, I went under and was trapped beneath the moving vehicle,” said Betty.
“The whole of the left part of my face got scraped off as the matatu dragged me over the tarmac. The entire skin was skin was peeled off and was left looking white. I broke my jaw, four ribs and my lungs got totally deflated.
She added, “My dreams of being a news presenter died as they would never allow me on air with a scar.”
The former KTN presenter went to reveal how she struggled to adapt after her surgeries.
“I stayed in hospital for two months since I had to go through seven surgeries. For about four months, I was scared of walking in the streets as people would stare and feel sorry for me. I used to hate it,” recalled Betty.
“While my face healed, the scars on my neck did not as the wound was very deep. Initially, when I went on air, I would wear high-collared shirts because I was still insecure about it until a time when I decided to hell with it!” she said, adding, “This is not a scar, it’s a jewel that shows me where I come from. Ever since that day I have never hidden my scar.”
“Wear that scar whether it’s physical or emotional, let it motivate you,” she concluded.