Kenyan celebs who have battled chronic illnesses

Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both.

Following the recent passing of Bishop Allan Kiuna, we look at some celebrities who have been battling serious ailments.

Bishop Allan Kiuna had been battling cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2018, but he passed away on July 9, 2024.

The celebs below have also suffered from chronic diseases with some of them succumbing.

Akuku Danger

The famous Kenyan comedian has faced various health challenges due to a chronic condition he was born with: sickle cell anemia.

This condition affects the blood and exposes him to frequent health complications. Recently, he spent two months in the hospital after his lungs collapsed.

Despite these struggles, Akuku Danger continues to make people laugh and leave a lasting impact on the comedy industry.

Gladys Gachanja

Gladys Gachanja
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Media personality Gladys Gachanja has been battling a rare skin condition since her childhood: atopic dermatitis (commonly known as eczema).

She courageously opened up about this incurable condition on her social media accounts. Interestingly, her son has also inherited it from her.

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition that causes redness and itching, common in children but can occur at any age.

It tends to flare up periodically and may be accompanied by asthma or hay fever. Unfortunately, it has no cure.

Gladys Gachanja has managed the condition over the years, but her son is still navigating its early stages.

Miracle Baby

Miracle Bbay in Hospital
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The former Gengetone-turned-Mugithi singer, now an ordained pastor, has been facing health challenges related to his intestines.

Since 2018, Miracle Baby has been dealing with intestinal obstruction. Initially, he underwent surgery to remove what was believed to be a growth on his intestines.

However, it turned out to be inaccurate, and his appendix was removed without his knowledge.

In 2023, his stomach problems resurfaced, and it was discovered that the initial treatment was not successful.

Recently, his intestines presented complications, leading to urgent surgery. The procedure revealed a burst intestine, releasing waste into his stomach.

He recovered and was discharged after Kenyans came through to support him financially for his treatment.

Njambi Koikai

Njambi Koikai
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Former reggae entertainer and health advocate, Njambi Koikai, courageously battled stage IV endometriosis for over 20 years.

This chronic and debilitating condition occurs when tissue similar to the uterine lining grows outside the uterus, causing severe pain and complications.

In Njambi’s case, endometriosis spread to her lungs, heart, appendix, teeth, and spine, shifting her organs to the left.

Despite extensive treatments, including surgeries in the United States, she recently succumbed to the illness.

Besides Njambi, media personality and radio host Natalie Githinji also suffers from endometriosis, which has seen her visit the hospital several times.

Gladys Gachanja
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