Living on borrowed time can aptly describe the predicament of a young student at a Kisumu college who has to raise Sh2 million needed for a life-saving medical procedure.
Clint Achola who hails from Seme Sub-county has been battling a rare brain condition, brain cavenorma, since 2016 but only became aware of the exact nature and extent of the damage that the disease has caused on his brain recently.
Achola says the family, despite struggling to put food on the table, had little choice but to scrap their meager resource and pay for recommended tests after what previously passed over as intermittent headaches. The pain became severe early this year.
“I used to suffer mild and at times severe headaches. This became persistent over time to a point where the pain was unbearable and I was not even able to sleep,” recounted the Kenya College of Accountancy, Kisumu campus student who Wednesday revealed he had to discontinue studies.
An initial head scan, he narrates, raised the first alarm of trouble prompting the doctors to conduct a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan that further reaffirmed that he is suffering from the malfunction that also causes bleeding in the brain.
A carvenoma, according to medics, can be described as a cluster of abnormal blood vessels usually found in the brain or the spinal cord and characterized by weak walls that means the vessels are quite susceptible to blood leaks.
The father, Ezekiah Achola Oriembi, divulged that the family-with the help of friends, relatives and at times borrowing, had to cough over Sh120, 000 for the diagnosis further plunging their already meager resources into dire constraints.
Approximately one in 200 people suffer from the malformation that though maybe hereditary but unlike cancerous cells do not spread across multiple parts of an organ, according to available medical documentaries.
The news that cavernoma can be removable through surgery has renewed hope among the Oriembi’s family who are now more optimistic that their ailing son has a second chance in life if they can only raise the Sh2 million or other equivalent assistance.
Contributions to help end the bleeding in Achola’s brain can be channelled through playbill number 0733565 and Account number: Clint.