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Ailing 64-year-old woman sleeping hungry, in the cold

She would sometimes suffer dizziness and even faint, after taking antiretroviral drugs on an empty stomach

In Summary
  • Despite the cold weather and her poor health status, LW,  who is HIV+, uses a structure constructed using polythene bags and sacks to lay her head
  • LW is appealing to well wishers to come to her rescue and help her build a house to shield her from the chilling weather
The house of the ailing woman
The house of the ailing woman
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A 64-year-old ailing woman is sleeping hungry and in the cold in Kiirungi, Mukurwe-ini sub-county.

Despite the cold weather and her poor health status, LW,  who is HIV+, uses a structure constructed using polythene bags and sacks to lay her head.  

The shack, which she built herself, is on her small undeveloped land bequeathed to her by her late parents.

“I have been sleeping here for the past 16 days since my arrival from Nyeri after my third marriage to a Muslim collapsed, when I declined to convert to Islam as my husband and his relatives demanded,” LW told reporters.

Her previous two marriages failed due to childlessness. 

“Children are very much valued in Kikuyu land. My first marriage in Kirinyaga county lasted for ten years and when it became crystal clear I could not conceive, I was chased away with nothing,” she said, while fighting back tears.

The second marriage in Tetu, Nyeri ended in similar fashion. 

“As was the case with the first marriage, this one too did not work and once again I was forced out with nothing after several years.” 

LW said many times she slept hungry and would sometimes suffer severe dizziness and even faint, after taking antiretroviral drugs on an  empty stomach. 

She has been admitted to Othaya level 6 and Nyeri referral hospitals on previous occasions.

LW is appealing to well wishers to come to her rescue and help her build a house to shield her from the chilling weather.

“I also need foodstuffs as I take many drugs to keep me alive, as well as beddings and some cash for bus fare to hospital for drugs and treatment,” she said.

She can be reached through her immediate neighbour, Elizabeth Wamuyu, on mobile number 0723361903.

 

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