The Star (Nairobi)

2 July 2012

Kenya: Cleric Seeks Three Million Cure

A PCEA church evangelist in Nyeri plans to walk from Kiambu to Nyeri in a bid to raise Sh3 million for the treatment of a rare disease he has been suffering from since 1975. He needs the money to travel to India for treatment.

Silvester Karanja said his rare condition started with one pimple at the back of his shoulder and was treated at the Nyeri District Hospital where he underwent surgery to remove it. "I went to Nyeri hospital in 1975 when I noticed the pimple and the doctors performed a surgery to remove it, but it soon recurred and continued to spread to my other parts of the body," said Karanja.

The father of three said he later sought treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi where the doctors told him that there was no cure for the disease. Karanja said after several visits to various hospitals in vain, he learned that doctors in India could treat his condition. "In 2009 while I was preaching in Nakuru, a member of the congregation Isabel Nyokabi, volunteered to help me get a doctor in India to treat me, and two years later she had found a doctor in Nairobi who found doctors in India to address my condition," he said.

Nyokabi said that the doctors in India said that it would cost Sh 3 million and we did a harambee where they managed to raise upto Sh 1.2 Million but it was not enough. "The doctors in India said that they will use lazer treatment on him which will make him have normal smooth skin and said it would cost Sh 3 million but we have been able to raise Sh 1.2 Million,"said Nyokabi.

Karanja has appealed for well wishers to support him and help him get good smooth skin like everybody else where he said sometimes it was like an advantage as there was one time thugs came to his house but after seeing him they ran away. "Thugs at one time came to my house but after spotting me they wondered what kind of a creature is this and took to their heels,"said Karanja. Karanja says that although the pimples does not itch they are not contagious and only itch when there is a scorching sun.

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