Veteran actor Gibson Gathu Mbugua, famed for his role in the comedy series Vioja Mahakamani, is a happy man after a successful kidney transplant.
Mbugua, popularly known as 'Kiongozi wa Mashtaka' in the Vioja Mahakamani program, told a local daily that he is recuperating well at home after undergoing the procedure at Mediheal Hospital in Eldoret.
He thanked Kenyans for turning up in their numbers to support him meet the cost of the medical procedure.
Mbugua was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday, August 3, after spending two weeks at the facility.
“I feel so good. I am full of energy. I think dialysis had taken a toll on me. Now I am slowly going back to my usual self. God is so good,” the thespian told The Standard in an interview.
“I am grateful to Kenyans who have supported me. I can never thank them enough."
Mbugua expressed his gratitude to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his colleagues in the entertainment industry who stood with him when he needed them most.
He noted that Vioja Mahakamani actors including Hiram Mungai, popularly known as Ondiek Nyuka Kwota, Mathias Keya (Alfonse Makacha Makokha) and Lucy Wangui (Judge), have constantly supported him.
Uhuru donates Ksh2 million towards Vioja Mahakamani actor's medical fund
The acclaimed actor, who has been battling diabetes for over 20 years, launched a public appeal in May to enable him to undergo a kidney transplant.
"Gibson has been managing diabetes for over 20 years now, but some time in November 2020 his kidneys failed hence he has been going for dialysis twice a week,
"The good news is that he has a donor and the purpose of this is to help him raise medical funds estimated to be between 5-6 million for a kidney transplant scheduled for July 2022 at the Mediheal Hospital, Eldoret. The said amount is inclusive of post-surgery treatment for the recipient," the appeal read at the time.
President Kenyatta sent a personal donation of Ksh2million during the fundraiser held at Charter hall inside the Nairobi county building.