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Heart patient appeals for support

05 August 2013, 16:52 Dareel Eric

The frequent journeys to Kenyatta National Hospital for the heart treatments are not a new thing to Lincoln Ndula, a 29-year-old man from Lyangege village in Sabatia constituency, Vihiga County.

The man is suffering from the severe Rheumatic Heart Disease which has consequently drained his family off all resources available.

The disease started eating into his body at the tender age of 11 and he has been struggling with medication since.

“He was treated in a clinic here way back in 1995 for the heart problems and for some time it seemed as if it had healed, only to resurface while he is at this age,” says the mother, Jane Chogo.

She confirms that the condition has however worsened with time, and for the past three years in particular, she has not been at peace while frequenting the hospital and sourcing for funds for his treatment.

Currently, he needs approximately KES 500 000 for the open heart surgery - mitral valve replacement - at Kenyatta Hospital that is scheduled for any day that he will have raised the money.

“He should have been operated earlier last month (July), but it was very difficult for the family because we couldn’t raise any money. We have done all we could to help the boy but it has become difficult because all quarters we approach for help have not helped us,” says the mother.

The mother, who is a peasant farmer and widowed, is asking for well-wishers to help her resuscitate her son.

“I will be very glad for the well-wishers who will help my son back to a normal life, because apparently I’m helpless,” she says.  

Jane Chogo can be reached on 0727 660 790.

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