By Hopkin Reporter
A forty year old man from Ngomeni ward in Mwingi North, Kitui county has lived with a condition that left him paralysed for the last 14 years.
Muema Mwinzi was a farmer before he developed a growth behind his head, that left him paralysed since 2009. However, the father of seven never received treatment after he got a referral to seek more treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital, KNH.”
I got treatment at our local health centers and after I went for an ex ray in Thika level 5, I was referred to KNH for a surgery, but I could not afford,” he narrated.
Muema who now survives on reading his Bible for hope said the condition in his home has made his wife to seek casual jobs in a neighbouring ward in a bid to take care of the family, something she struggles to attain.
“Most days we go to bed on empty stomachs,” he noted.
From his house, it is evident that the man is in dire need, as he sits on the floor where he sleeps without a mattress, Muema says life has been cruel for the last 14 years.
We arrived at his home at around mid day and there was no sign of food preparations for lunch neither did the homestead have any drop of water.
One of his daughter had not gone to school so she would look after the goats. Her brother sat at the corner of the mud walled house crying, asked why, he said he was hungry and had developed chest pains and he had no money to go to the hospital.
The minor said they also sleep on the dusty floor and some of the goats also sleep in the room. Mumbi Mwinzi, Muema’s mother said she has been borrowing food from neighbors and well wishers for survival adding she has since become wearing, as it is evident with her age.
“My son cannot even help himself, most of the times I strain to get food and I’ve since borrowed in all shops around without knowing where I’ll get the money to pay,” she said Following his condition, one of his daughters who is in form three has been fully sponsored by Kaliwa Secondary School administration in Mumoni ward.
Mr.Daniel Mwangie, the school principal said the leaner had been sent home in her previous school over huge school fees arrears and decided to take her in to complete her education.
“We call on persons of good will to help Muema get medical attention so that he can be back on his feet and provide for his family,” pleaded the teacher. Mwikali Muema, the wife said she earns only 200 shillings per day and is unable to fully cater for all the family’s needs this calling out for help.
“Please help us,” Mwikali said in tears.
Contact Muema Through +254 724 908474 Mr Daniel Mwangie