A five-year-old boy, Ethan Macharia, has penned an emotional letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta from India where he and his mother have been stuck for weeks unable to pay for a surgery he is scheduled to undergo.
In a letter titled "Dear Mr. President," the boy appealed to President Kenyatta and well-wishers to help raise Sh3.5 million to facilitate his surgery for brain injuries.
In November of 2018, the boy fell while playing, critically injuring his brain. After the fall, he developed violent seizures that further worsened his situation resulting in grave bodily harm.
His life was completely altered and he not been able to resume school owing to the frequent number of violent seizures he gets daily.
Veronica Njeri, the boy's mother explains: "My son was leading a normal life until the unfortunate incident that changed our lives forever. We have spent the last 14 months trying to raise money for what doctors call a Palliative VNS surgery that's supposed to suppress his daily seizures as a result of the fall. This is the second time we are here in the last 14 months and we couldn't raise enough money the first time."
According to doctors in India, VNS surgery is extremely important for Ethan because of the number of seizures he gets daily and hasn't been controlled through multiple drugs. This is an option in only a subgroup of pharmacoresistant patients, where an epileptogenic focus is localized and amenable to surgical intervention.
Ethan, who wants to be a footballer when he grows up, needs help, and needs it soon.
Well-wishers can donate through MPESA Paybill Number *510800* and put *Ethan* on the Account section, or through CFC Stanbic Paybill Number *600100* and Account Number *0100005419412*