When Samuel Nyomo, 27, developed an itchy boil at the back of his head in 2017 he thought it would go away after sometime but that was not the case as the condition worsened forcing him to seek medical attention.
Nyomo who has albinism was later admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) where he was diagnosed with cancer of the skin (Squamous cell carcinoma). He was placed under medication and referred to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for Chemotherapy.
“I attended Chemotherapy sessions at MTRH until the condition stabilized. I went back to my normal lifestyle of doing casual jobs in order to fend for myself,” said the orphan who resides at Tuwan slums in Kitale.
In 2020, a wound resurfaced on his head which grew into a hollow which oozes blood. Nyomo’s search for medication has proven futile since he has not been lucky to secure assistance like in the first instance.
“During the first attack, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities and the Albinism Society of Kenya catered for my medical and chemotherapy sessions. This time round I am on my own,” said Mr. Nyomo.
The chairman of people living with disabilities in Trans Nzoia Opis Ojiambo said they recently made an attempt to have him admitted at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret but they were turned away for lack of funds.
“We were told he requires at least eight chemotherapy sessions with each costing Sh 142, 000 and he requires specialized home-based care to avoid exposure to Covid 19 since he has compromised immunity,” said Mr. Ojiambo.
A neighbour who looks after him, Ramadhan Kweyu, said they offer themselves to assist by cleaning him and offering him food but they are afraid that his case is worsening since he is always in pain and always vomits whenever vomits.
Despite the harrowing experience, Nyomo is still looking up to well wishers to come to his rescue with financial aid to help him meet the huge cost for medication (about Sh 2 million) to save his life.