Wycliff’s last days

August 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm 2 comments

Our life with Wycliff began about one and half  years ago when we found Wycliff on the streets of Kisumu. He approached me while my wife was shopping in the main street of Kisumu. He came and said to me, “Sir, I don’t want money, I don’t want food, I just want to go to school.”  So we got him off the streets. He was given a roof under his head and three meals a day and we put him in school. Wycliff was always special – he had a look in his eyes of  surety. He knew what he wanted and was going to get it. He performed very well at school and soon became everyone’s favorite He had taken our hearts.

Wycliff joined the group of boys that we have been looking after for several years. He became one of the extended family members. We admitted him to the Daisy Special School for Disabled with our other boys.  He was in good hands. But not long after, the Headteacher called to tell us that Wycliff was very ill and had to be admitted to hospital. That is the time we found out about his real sickness.  The doctor in Kakamega gave him some blood and he gained his weight. We decided to bring him to Kisumu where the doctors at Aga Khan Hospital informed us that his bone marrow was not functioning .

We wanted Wycliff to have as normal a life as possible so we put him at the Our Lady of Grace School where we have Mandela, Emily, Amy and Helen. Father Martin was always there to help Wycliff – take him to the hospital or doctor.

For the last ten months we have been bringing him in and out of hospital and constantly finding donors for blood. His last few weeks in the hospital were not very good and after giving him the last four units of blood at the Victoria Hospital the doctor discharged him. Realising that Wycliff was losing the battle to stay alive, we talked to his brother to discuss with the family so he could come home and spend his last few days with his grandmother.

He was fortunate to be with Father Martin at the time he passed away. We pray for his soul to rest in peace. We shall all miss him dearly.

I would like to thank  the Headteacher and staff of Daisy Special School in Kakamega; Doctor Espira and his staff at the Nala Nursing Home where he was first diagnosed. Many thanks also to the headteacher and staff of Our Lady of Grace; the Management and staff of Consolata Hospital. Sr. Vincent and staff of St Vincent’s Hospital in Muhoroni. We are deeply grateful to all the blood donors – it is not possible for me to remember all the names, but special thanks to Dr. Darryn  Knobel who helped find us so many donors. Our special thanks to Father Martin who was always there and helped him in every way. And of course we cannot forget Susan Deans.

I must not forget Dr. Kilimo who took special interest in Wycliffe’s sickness as well as Dr. Ongo’nga, Dr. Otieno and the nurses and staff of Victoria Hospital.

Our special thanks to the Aga Khan Hospital, Mr. Imran, Mr Isanya, the doctors and nurses of the Aga Khan Hospital. We are very grateful to the management of the hospital who waived the hospital charges whenever there was a transfusion required. They also waived off two nights room charges and the costs of doctors.

My thanks goes to Mr Tobias Kadongo who went with Wycliff to Kijabe Hospital for treatment to his leg. Tobias looked after him like he was own son.

I must not forget Lia and Hans from  Holland who gave so much financial support. Hans is just about to complete 6000 km bicycle ride to raise money for Wycliff to offset some of the costs we have incurred during Wycliff’s sickness.

I would like to thank most of all my wife who was a mother to Wycliff. She made sure he had proper nourishing food and medication. She made sure Wycliff always had the basics like love and water. She would get up early in the mornings and prepare food for Wycliff and send it to the school.

I may have left out many names so please forgive me for that and accept our gratitude.

Wycliff, your life was short but you touched so many of us and reminded us what it means to be a human.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sue Deans  |  August 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Thankyou so much for writing this about Wycliff. It would have been wonderful to have a happy ending, but in the circumstances I think his days with you all were probably the happiest of his short life. With very best wishes Sue

  • 2. theafricantraveller  |  January 31, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Really touching story. Keep up the good work you are doing and may God bless you.


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