Samuel Thuo was called to pursue a Bachelor’s degree course in Medical Biotechnology at Maseno University, Nakuru campus, beginning August 15 after he scored an impressive mean grade of B+ (plus) in the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
The Baringo High School alumnus’s fortitude to chase his dream has seemingly come to a standstill after blood cancer – which he was diagnosed with three years ago – took a toll on him.
The 19-year-old has been confined to a bed in Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret since August, 2016.
“I was diagnosed with blood cancer when I was in Form Two. Since then, I have been undergoing chemotherapy at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. I passed KCSE exams under most difficult circumstances as I had to shuttle between hospital and school; school and home; and the cycle recurred,” Mr Thuo told eDaily.
The last born in a family of 11 was supposed to sit for KCSE exams in 2014, but due to his deteriorated health, he deferred his candidacy to 2015.
Doctors at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, led by Dr Chris Mwaniki (a hematologist), have referred Thuo to medical facilities in India or South Africa for bone marrow transplant – a procedure which is done at a hefty fee and requires advanced technology.
Dr Mwaniki says the surgical procedure will cost KSh4 million if performed in India and KSh6 million if done in South Africa.
Mr Thuo’s family has reached out to friends and relatives to help raise the needed treatment funds.
The patient’s elder brother, Peter Thuo, says the family has exhausted all its resources on treatment of the 19-year-old at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
Contributions toward Thuo’s treatment can be made through: Pay bill 843334 A/C Henry Kane Thuo or mobile number 0721527518
“Seven who were suffering from leukemia and had been admitted to the same ward alongside my brother succumbed to the illness. He is the only one who has remained alive,” Peter Thuo told eDaily.
John Wanyama contributed to this report.