Cancer warrior Emmanuel Otieno alias Jadudi is dead.
Jadudi died at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu on Monday night (March 4, 2019), Africa Cancer Foundation managing director, Dorothy Nyong’o, says.
Speaking to EDAILY on phone, Mrs Nyong’o, who is currently in the US, said Jadudi succumbed to brain cancer.
“He was a real shujaa! May his soul rest in eternal peace,” said Mrs Nyong’o.
Jadudi’s battle with brain tumor began in 2012.
The former University of Nairobi student’s plight was first highlighted by blogger Biko Zulu in August, 2015. Mr Zulu’s article whipped up Kenyans into raising Ksh6.4 million – in less than two days – for Jadudi’s treatment.
Jadudi was, in the past, flown to India for treatment before he returned to Kenya.
The ex-UoN student would, thereafter, undergo a string of surgical operations, which ended in a total count of eight by the time he passed on.
Jadudi died aged 26.
Controversy had surrounded the Ksh6.4 million raised for Jadudi’s treatment after it emerged that the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) settled much of his medical bills, and that a significant chunk of the Ksh6.4 million couldn’t be accounted for by the Africa Cancer Foundation, the custodian of Jadudi’s kitty raised by Kenyans.
The body would, in late 2015, issue a statement, saying they would share with Kenyans how parts of the Ksh6.4 million were used toward Jadudi’s welfare.
By the time the revelations sprung to public knowledge, the foundation said it had used the money for Jadudi’s upkeep and welfare in India.