Betty is a young mother of three children who has already suffered marriage struggles at a very young age and separated with her husband. She has been in our facility since October 2017 when she was admitted with TB of the knee. Fortunate for her, an athrotomy of the left knee and medical treatment of TB has seen her improve in health and is able to ambulate well. Previously, she was in several facilities but was referred to Kijabe due to strike of nurses and doctors in government hospitals.
Betty used to be a farmer leasing land to make ends meet and provide for her three children, aged between 1 and 7 years. She had moved back to her mother’s house. She laments of how her mother and brothers’ drinking habits have exacerbated poverty levels in her family. Currently, her three children live with her sister in Naivasha. She has no security to guarantee her discharge from our facility and says she has reached the end of her ability. Perhaps that end is the beginning of what we can do to help. Let us give this young lady a chance to go see and bring up her children.
Betty says, “I miss my children, I’d love to see them. I left when they needed me the most and would wish to be part of their lives”.
Picture and story by Edward Muguthu