In a show of unity, love and mercy, Kenyans contributed in large numbers in support of a nine-year-old girl, Eunice Wanjiku suffering from what doctors at Kenyatta National Hospital suspect is scleroderma, an auto-immune disease of the connective tissue.
Within 45 hours after an M-PESA pay bill number was set up by a social media Mobilizer, Ndung’u , the hashtag #HealingForEunice started trending and Kenyans donated with open hearts.
Sh4.2 million had been raised by Wednesday morning, surpassing the initial target of three million shillings required for the young girl to receive proper medical care at the Kenya’s largest Medical facility.
“Thank you Kenyans. Thank you all. Thank you so much. In the last 45 hours we collectively agreed to shine the light of hope in the life of one girl,”Ndung’u Nyoro he posted on his Facebook page.
Wanjiku was admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital on Thursday after concerned residents of Baraniki area in Kikuyu noticed her pain. According to the girl’s mother, Teresia Mukami, Wanjiku had not been able to consume any solid food for a period of two weeks before being admitted in hospital.
Muriuki Waweru, a doctor at the Kenya’s largest referral hospital described the girls condition, adding that she needed a quick intervention as her life was at risk. “On top of the condition, she is suffering from chronic malnutrition, and had ulcers of the mouth when she was admitted. Her stomach is the size of a fist,” the doctor noted.
“She is showing signs of recovery but the doctors want to run more test to rule out other conditions. But not all the tests can be done at KNH,” he said.