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Cancer curse blurs young, brilliant student’s dream

When last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination results were announced, residents of Elementaita village in Nakuru county erupted in song and dance after one of their sons emerged with sterling performance.

Samuel Thuo, popularly known as Sam, scored a B+ at Baringo Boys High School in Baringo county and was offered a place at Maseno University to pursue BA degree in medical biotechnology.

But the 19-year-old’s dream of pursuing the degree might not be realised after a blood cancer illness he has been battling for the last three years confined him to a hospital bed since he finished his high school education.

Thuo was scheduled to report to the Kisumu county-based institution on August 15 but could not make it. The last born in a family of 11 children was rushed to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret by his mother, who is a widow, when his condition deteriorated.

“I was diagnosed with blood cancer while in Form Two and since then I have been undergoing chemotherapy at the referral hospital,” said Thuo during an interview from his hospital bed. He said that he would have sat his KCSE exam in 2014 but ill-health forced him to sit the exam last year.

“I passed the exam under very difficult circumstances. I used to miss classes frequently as I shuttled between school and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for chemotherapy sessions and home to rest,” he said. Doctors have recommended that he be referred to a hospital in India to undergo born marrow transplant.

Dr Chris Mwaniki, an oncology/hematologist specialist, says Thuo requires urgent bone marrow transplant which can be done in India the cost of Sh4 million or Sh6 million in South Africa.

The family is asking for support from well-wishers to raise funds for the transplant. His elder brother, Peter Thuo, says the family resources had been depleted by his medical expenses. Donations can be contributed through Paybill 843334 A/C Henry Kane Thuo.

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