The Star (Nairobi)

9 November 2012

Kenya: Sarah Taken Ill After Obama's Poll Celebration

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Obama's half-brother, Malik Abango (center right) watching his acceptance speech after the 2008 election.

MAMA Sarah Obama was yesterday taken to Bama District Hospital in Siaya district and was operated on the hand. The 91-year-old grandmother was taken ill few moments after her grandson Barack Obama was re-elected as the 44th president of the United States.

Obama won his reelection in a nail biting contest with Republican candidate Mitt Romey. According to a source who requested not to be mentioned, the pain in her hand may have been triggered by a over dancing and wielding her walking stick for long.

Doctors at the private hospital who declined to give more details on her health, said she arrived at the hospital at about 6pm. The operation took one hour.

"She is okay and the operation went just fine that is all we can say for now," said a doctor who operated her. Her son Said Obama aid he had taken her to hospital and was recuperating well at her Kogelo home.

The granny's health has been a subject of speculation before. Early in the year she was admitted to Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu after suffering from an undisclosed ailment.

Said said there was no cause for alarm. because the old woman had resumed her normal chores. Said added that the family is planning to visit the US to celebrate with Obama for his re-election.

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