Anjlee Gadhvi is one of the most popular Kenyan anchors. The woman has been battling cancer the past few years, something that she has been very open about.
The K24 news anchor recently released a video that clawed at the heartstrings as she tried to make her five-year-old daughter understand why she has to leave Kenya to go to India.
Anjlee tries to make her daughter repeat why she has to go for treatment with her daughter tearfully saying, ‘Because you have to get in a machine that has to check if you’re alright or not. They embrace as Anjlee responds, ‘I’m going to miss you.’
But her daughter isn’t done yet. She advices her mother to seek treatment at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, suggestions that Anjlee has to lovingly shut down, saying,
Aga Khan has those machines but my doctor is in India and he knows how to check my chest better, so far I’m doing better, I don’t need oxygen all the time, I don’t need to nebulize all the time. Aga Khan hospital does not have those machines that can treat your momma. The doctors in India know more about momma’s chest and they are going to help your momma be better and stronger.
Gadhvi was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2013, but went public about it in 2015, after funds raised by family and friends got drained. After she appealed for public help, Kenyans donated over Ksh6 million in hours. Various journalists took to their timelines commending Anjlee for her bold move, in the process sharing uplifting messages.
Former BBC Africa Business Editor, Larry Madowo, applauded her action telling her, ‘You’re so brave for sharing this, and for having the courage to battle publicly. I know you’re incredibly strong and will beat cancer. All the best.’
This year alone the country has lost prominent leaders like Bob Collymore, Ken Okoth and Joyce Laboso to cancer, something that the government has ‘started’ taking more seriously.