Sickly pupil stuck in India pleads for help

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MEDICAL APPEAL: A graphic description of aplastic anaemia Image: COURTESY

The 11-year-old has not been receiving treatment from the hospital for a month after her family ran out money

She was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in September 2019. 

• The family needs Sh2.5 million so she can continue treatment. 

All she wants is come back home and resume her education but a Sh2.5 million hospital bill in India stands in her way. 

In a heartfelt video seen by the Star, 11-year-old Matilda Chelegat and her mother Regina appeal to President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and other well-wishers to help them raise the funds. 

“I’ve been sick for a long time and now I am in a hospital in India. My parents cannot afford the bills, I request the President, the Deputy President and all the people in Kenya to help my parents, I want to come back to Kenya and go back to school,” she said.

Eight months ago, she was diagnosed with Aplastic anemia, which saw her frequent the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for treatment.

The family set up a Paybill account number 969467 for anyone able to assist them.

Aplastic anemia is an autoimmune condition in which the body fails to produce enough red blood cells. Hence, Matilda requires a bone marrow transplant. Blood cells are produced by the bone marrow, which is the spongy tissue inside bones.

The Grade 6 pupil at Sosiot Primary School in Eldoret is the second daughter in her family. When the hospital could no longer treat her condition in Eldoret, her doctor referred her to Yashoda Hospital in India. 

“She has been sick for a long time and was receiving treatment in Eldoret. However, the doctor said her disease cannot be treated in Kenya and that is why we came here to Yashoda Hospital,” Regina said.

“She has not been given any medication for one month because we are unable to pay the hospital bill. Because we do not have money, we had contributed some money in Kenya, but it did not reach the required amount.”

“Kindly support us by sharing this appeal to other supporters and well-wishers of any other nature who can help us get treatment for our young daughter,” the mother said. 

“As my fellow country residents, please support us with whatever you can and we will be forever grateful,” Regina said.