Kibra member of parliament Ken Okoth is a fighter and that we cannot deny. Despite battling cancer he has remained optimistic and courageous.
The 41-year-old, second time MP won the hearts of many for his zeal but his journey has not been easy.
Below is an outline of the sad and lonely journey Okoth has trekked since being diagnosed with cancer.
1.He was misdiagnosed
This cancer diagnosis came after an year of suffering for the politician.
For over a year, he presented symptoms of ulcers, at times bacterial infections and that is what he was being treated for.
He was even put on drugs to manage stress. Okoth says that all that time, he was battling abdominal pain and weight loss.
Sharing the sad news of his ailment Ken said
“I was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer with metastases to the liver.
2.Put on treatment
Last year, Okoth was put through vigorous treatment that involved combined radio- and chemotherapy to avert the impending risk of organ failure.
Considering his cancer was discovered at stage four, he will have to take medication for life – a tablet each day.
I will be using chemotherapy tablets that I can take every morning.
Because my disease was discovered at a very advanced stage; it cannot be cured. It can only be managed,” he says.
3. Traveled abroad
Okoth was given two options where he could seek advanced care for his liver: the US or Europe.
He settled for Europe.
“I could not afford the US because it was too expensive.
My wife is from Europe, where the cost is more affordable and I could get a residence permit quickly for the duration of the treatment. Sadly, not everyone is as lucky; we need to make cancer care in Kenya a national priority,” he says.
4. Came back to Kenya
Kibra MP Ken Okoth made his first official appearance on Sunday 7, July 2019 after being away in France for five months seeking treatment for colorectal cancer.
5. Rushed to ICU
Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth was on the night of July 25, 2019 rushed to Nairobi Hospital’s ICU.