Agony of 17 year old girl battling skin cancer

Written By: Irene Muchuma


Maureen Wanja is a young girl undergoing untold agony.

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At the tender age of 17, Wanja is currently bearing the brunt of skin cancer, a disease that struck when she was only three years.

Efforts by her less financially endowed family to seek medical intervention at Kenyatta National Hospital have so far hit a dead end amid her continued suffering, due to lack of finances running into millions of shillings.

The family is now frantically pleading with well wishers to intervene and help it raise the required Ksh5 million needed to enable her undergo specialized treatment in India.

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The skin cancer that has afflicted her has made her unable to talk.

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When the KBC crew visited the family in Nairobi’s Embakasi home, the medication and feeding routine sheets that had dotted the walls as recommended by medics at Kenyatta National Hospital was testament of the various drugs she has swallowed but without success .

By the time we arrived at the home, a helpless Wanja was lying on the couch, with her mother struggling to feed her through tubes.

Since the condition got out of hand, she hardly talks or moves, and this was even evident by the manner she struggled in greeting us when we paid the family a visit.

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Silvano Ndaru’s family admits the going has been a tormenting one since the disease came knocking when their daughter was only three.

While she has been in and out of hospital including Kenyatta National Hospital, but instead of getting reprieve, her condition seems to be worsening each passing second.

Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells, and most often develops on skin exposed to the sun including the scalp, face, lips, ears, hands and on the legs in women.

But specialists warn that this common form of cancer can also occur on areas of skin that are not ordinarily exposed to sunlight.

In the case of Wanja, her parents say their daughter’s condition started as a small pimple on the mouth.

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The family is now reaching out to well wishers to help it raise the required 5 million shillings needed to enable its daughter  undergo specialized treatment at  India’s Dehdhi Hospital in Mumbai.

Donations can be made to the family through MPesa number 0721 618 463, or EQUITY Bank, Account No.0190101392986, with Silvano Ndaru Ngari being the account name holder.

We kindly warn you that the pictures that you are about to watch may be disturbing, but you will bear with us, because our intention is to use them, to put into context, Wanja’s predicament.


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