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Weʼre raising £18,690 to Help Kennedy receive the treatment he needs

Nairobi, Kenya

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Kennedy was born to Muhia Kimani and Margaret Waithera on the 26th March 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya. It was a normal delivery and he was discharged a healthy boy after 2 days. After a day at home, Kennedy fell sick with a high fever. By the 2nd day he was rushed to hospital. He fell into a Coma, stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated.

The doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and he spent the next 5 days in a coma. When he came round, the doctors underwent a series of tests, CT scans and MRIs. They discovered that the lack of oxygen to his brain had developed brain atrophy and cerebral palsy. Kennedy underwent his treatment of physical therapy to help with his muscles spasms but the spasticity was so great he developed a clubfoot. After 9 months he was prescribed Epilim for mild seizures. His parents saw no evidence of seizures and after year with no improvement they took him off the drug, but it already had a terrible effect on Kennedys teeth, causing chronic decay, and pain. It has been an emotional struggle and a huge financial burden for his parents.

In spite of the fact that Kennedy was born a normal child, the insurance company has refused to cover Kennedy’s costs, stating they do not cover children born with disabilities. The fees charged by Doctors, physiotherapists and home help are more expensive because he is disabled. Kennedy is now 7 years old. He cannot talk, stand, sit or feed himself. Kennedy is looked after by a lady when his parents are working, however she is not a trained carer. It is very hard for Kennedy’s parents to leave him at home everyday, worrying if he is getting the proper care that he needs. There is a big gap in Kenya for trained carers who can professionally and lovingly look after people with disabilities.

After a Recent assessment from a specialist doctor from India, Kennedy was a good candidate to receive Stem Cell Therapy, foot Surgery and Urinary system surgery, which could substantially improve Kennedy’s motor skills, and hopefully enable him to eventually walk. This would be life changing for him and his family.

After fundraising in Kenya from friends and family Kennedy was flown to India and has recieved a successful surgery in both legs. However the remaining treatments and living expenses in India are costly and unmanageable for Kennedy’s parents. Any help to get this family through this ordeal would be hugely appreciated.

The family needs $25,000 / £18,690 to pay for the treatment, travelling and living expenses in India as well as the follow up therapy and treatment when he returns home. However any help at all would go a long way for this family.

COST BREAKDOWN

Extensive Rehabilitation post surgery (32 days) - $8,000/£5,980

Stem Cell therapy (7 days) - $11,000/£8,224

Medicine & medical assistive devices - $2,000/£1,495

Urinary System surgery - $2,000/£1,495

Rehabilitation therapy in Kenya - $2,000/£1,495

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  • Muhia Kimani8 months ago
    Muhia Kimani

    Muhia Kimani

    8 months ago

    Kennedy's cast was removed, testicles dropped through surgery and stem cell therapy has been completed. However we cannot do intensive physio therapy because his leg is dislocated at the hip. This will require another surgery after 6 months. But Kennedy is being strong and pulling through!

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  • Muhia Kimani9 months ago
    Muhia Kimani

    Muhia Kimani

    9 months ago

    Kennedy is recovering from foot surgery here in India. Thank you to our many Kenyan supporters who help make this happen. It was a tough 8 hours of surgery for our little boy, but he was very strong and is now resting. He has a few big hurdles to overcome. The urinary surgery will hopefully happen this Friday and the Stem cell therapy is arranged for the 12th December. Please keep donating as we cannot manage alone. We would like to thank those who have donated so far we really appreciate your kindness and generosity.

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  • Muhia Kimani9 months ago
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    9 months ago

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Page last updated on: 12/30/2017 4:09 AM

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 4, 2017

    Holding you in our hearts.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 4, 2017

    Get well beautiful child

  • John and Lulu Clark

    John and Lulu Clark

    Nov 24, 2017

    I hope Kennedy can get the treatment he needs

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 22, 2017

    I love you Kennedy

Muhia Kimani

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Muhia Kimani

Muhia Kimani

Nairobi, Kenya

My name is Muhia Kimani, I am Kennedy's father. We have struggled for 7 years to provide therapy and treatment for Kennedy but we can no longer do this alone. Any help to get our boy the treatment he needs to give him a better life would be hugely appreciated.

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