Radio personality and actress Jacquey Nyaminde, who is most notable for the role of Wilbroda in Papa Shirandula, has opened up about the blood-curdling moment she thought her son had been infected with HIV.
Nyaminde’s son, Xolani Amin Okello, was just eight months old when his nanny, who was HIV positive, breastfed him.
Narrating the incident to Parents magazine, Nyaminde revealed that she had traveled to Mombasa when it happened.
“When my son was around 8 months old, I had to travel to Mombasa on a work assignment and so I left him under the care of a nanny whom I had trusted so much. While in Mombasa, I received an anonymous call from a person who informed me that my househelp breastfed my son whenever he cried,” Wilbroda recounted.
At first, Nyaminde was not aware that the nanny was HIV positive.
She went on, “I took the first flight back to Nairobi. I had to verify the information from my neighbours and in the process, I was informed that my nanny not only breastfeeds my son but was also living with HIV.”
Panicked and gripped with fear for the worst, Ms Nyaminde rushed Okello to hospital in the middle of the night.
“I didn’t sleep that night and had to rush to the hospital around midnight to have my son tested. Luckily he was fine,” said Nyaminde.
She added that she fired the nanny the next day.
“To cut the long story short I fired the nanny the following day. It took immense self-control to restrain myself from harming her.”