Top Kenyan actress dies while giving birth to first baby

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Nancy Naliaka Sirengo has passed on.

Ms Sirengo, 31, passed away on Monday, June 6 while undergoing a Caesarean Section at an Eldoret Hospital.

The actress had gone to the hospital to deliver her first-born child when the doctors attending to her recommended that she undergo a C-section.

However, things went out of kilter and she did not come out of it alive. The birth of the baby was however successful.

“Nancy drove herself to an Eldoret Hospital on Saturday. She was due for delivery. She checked herself in and she was advised by doctors to undergo a Caesarean Section. They did that at around 3pm on Saturday. She delivered her baby boy named Baraka,” the late Nancy Sirengo’s brother John Khaemba told eDaily.

“Afterwards, we were told she developed complications and began to bleed profusely. The sad news of her demise was then broken to us.”

Mr Khaemba suspects Nancy’s death was a consequence of negligence by the doctors who handled her delivery.

“We are not satisfied by the explanations of the doctor. So, we plan to do an autopsy tomorrow (Wednesday, June 8) in Eldoret to find out exactly what happened. You can imagine what the Beyond Zero campaign spearheaded by the First Lady of Kenya is talking about: “A woman should never die while bringing forth life”, and here is a girl who is dying in hospital under the care of medical practitioners. It is a sad story,” he said, adding: “We think it has something to do with negligence.”

“But the baby is fine,” said Khaemba.

Nancy Sirengo had moved to Eldoret as an Assistant Business Development Manager in the North Rift Region for Unilever and had just been promoted a week ago to the new position.

Her burial plans have already been released.

“Nancy’s burial will take place in Sihendu village in Kitale on Saturday. We have organised a mini-fundraising at our Sihendu home along Kitale-Webuye Road. We will transport the body from Eldoret on Thursday for Saturday’s burial. The funeral service will take place at Milima Primary School. It is near our Sihendu home,” said Mr Khaemba.

To help the family, you can send your mobile-money contribution to: 0722 676 490, John Khaemba (brother) and 0722 773 293 Patrick Sirengo Khaemba (father) – the Executive Secretary, Kenya National Drama Festivals.

Nancy is well known in the Schools and Colleges Drama festival as a top act since her school days at Arap Moi Girls’ Shibuye School in Kakamega County.

She was part of the pioneers of the great drama movement at the United States International University (USIU).

She won many national awards for her acting and music prowess – including one in 2010 when she was declared the Best Actress overall in her portrayal of Sanaipei in Cleophas Malalah’s play The Blood Vendetta in Kisumu.

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