Reasons Ken Okoth might have asked his family to cut him off life support

Second-time Member of parliament for Kibra Ken Okoth passed away yesterday at Nairobi hospital’s ICU due to massive organ failure.

Ken, as he was fondly known by Kenyans, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

Something unique about Ken deathOkoth’s death, however, is that he had requested his family to cut him off life support.

Here are the reasons he might have done so.

1-He wanted his family to rest easy

It’s obvious that Okoth was a family man.

Seeing his wife Monicah support him all these months, however, might have shown him the toll his health had on his loved ones.

Hence he decided he was ready to meet his maker.

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2-He was tired

Battling cancer is not easy the fact that Ken Omoth’s cancer has spread to the liver was twice as hard.

Since it was diagnosed at stage four Ken was to be on drugs for life.

As a man, it reaches a point all the will to fight goes.

Ken might have felt that this past weeks.

3-He had lived life and finished his race

Ken had lived life, created memories, shared enough love to last Kenyans a lifetime hence he felt ready to go.

4-He had accomplished  his mission on Earth

Unlike most politicians Ken was a man of the people, he had built schools, given bursaries attended graduations for his constituents and he felt his mission on Earth was done.

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See the gift Jeff Koinange has vowed to give in honour of Ken Okoth

Media personality Jeff Koinange  has vowed to rename a library that was being built in his honour after Ken Okoth after he passed on.

According to Jeff that is the only way he can mourn and celebrate the leader known to many as ‘Kiongozi’ for his down to earth nature.

A very SAD day…Ken Okoth was a GREAT man..

A FIGHTER…A great LEADER…We were just about to LAUNCH the “Jeff Koinange LIBRARY” at Mbagathi Girls in Kibra…

In HONOR of Ken, I will rename it “KEN OKOTH LIBRARY…Rest in Peace Bro..Till we MEET
#RIPKenOkoth .

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Jeff Koinange and the late Ken Okoth
Jeff Koinange and the late Ken Okoth

It is barely a month since Jeff Koinange lost his best friend Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore after he succumbed to cancer.

Among the few things that Ken Okoth mostly wished for is to see Kenya making cancer treatment a priority.

Ken had in the past confessed that unlike what many people know cancer changes a person’s life.

In an interview with Word Is, Jeff said,

“It’s been more than two weeks now but it has not yet hit me that he is gone. Sometimes, I still sit down and imagine Bob walking in and asking us how we are doing. ‘Hey guys did you miss me?'”

If there is one thing he wishes he had told Bob, it is how great a human being he was.

“Bob always told us that he was not perfect, but that he learnt from his faults and mistakes,” he said.

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Things to note about being cut off life support like Ken Okoth

Life support entails being supported by machines (ventilator) to breathe due to the failure of organs such as the heart, brain and lungs.

Kibra member of parliament Ken Okoth had requested his family to pull him off life support which they did.

He rested on Friday at 4 pm, after hours of being in ICU.

The ventilator ensures that oxygen continues flowing into a patient’s body.

In most instances decisions to cut a patient off life support are made by clinicians and the family.

But in some instances a patient may advise his/her family to do so depending on how ill he is.

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Kibra MP Ken Okoth

 

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Below are instances where life support is cut off

1-When a patient is in a vegetative state especially if his brain has stopped working.

2-When the cost of maintaining a patient in ICU is likely to skyrocket.

3-When there is no hope for recovery

A patient may not be in a vegetable state but his condition may be at its last stages.

In such instances, doctors and the family may decide to cut him/her off life support.

4-If the patient had made a prior request to NEVER be put on life support whether long term or short term.

5-If a court allows.

In some instances, a family may be torn between whether to switch off or not hence involving the court.

If a court allows the patient is be pulled off life support.

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Meet Ken Okoth’s mum who sold paraffin and tomatoes to educate six kids

Ken Okoth might have easily passed for a man born with a silver spoon in the mouth.

But for Okoth life as a child was a real struggle to an extent of him damaging his eyes.

Speaking about his life in a past interview with Daily Nation Okoth confessed that his glasses were not a sign of ‘class’.

My spectacles are not objects of prestige, but emblems of paucity.  I would not be wearing them had I grown up in an opulent background.

Nyangile ( a Luo word for a kerosene lamp) damaged my eye sight.

Friends indeed: People who visited Ken Okoth in hospital abroad

Okoth went on to narrate all the thing his mother did to bring up six kids.

My mum sold anything from clothes to paraffin and tomatoes in Kibra to bring up six children.

 I remember my days at Olympic Primary School in worn out sandak shoes and patched uniform. My sweater had holes in it.

Ken Okoth in a past photo with his mum
Ken Okoth in a past photo with his mum

Okoth went on to confess that his role model is Raila Odinga adding that his words of encouragement had kindled a fire than never burned out for him to succeed.

“I first set my eyes on my hero, Raila at Olympic when he visited and addressed us, the pupils.  He told us nothing was impossible and gave the example of himself. 

He had just emerged from years in detention and won the Langata parliamentary seat without the assistance of his famous father.

The inspiration kindled a fire in me that burns to this day. When I decided to vie for the Kibra parliamentary seat, I drew confidence from the realization that it was tough, but not impossible.” 

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Selling newspapers to eating from dustbins! All about MP Ken Okoth

Ken Okoth is loved and praised left right and center even in death. How much did you know about the humble beginnings and the life of the Ken?

Here are things you did not know about the Kibra MP Ken Okoth.

1. Ken was born and bred in Kibra

Kenneth Odhiambo Okoth was born at Kibra’s Kisumu Dogo (little Kisumu) in 1978, the fourth born of six children

2. He was raised by a single mother

His father abandoned the family early in his life, leaving his mother, Angelina to bring them up as a single mum.

3. He was a bright student

Okoth scored  613 out of 700 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE)

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4. He is a Starehe Boys Alumni

He joined Starehe Boys Center to begin his high school life.

5. He first slept on a bed while in Form 1.

“It was at Starehe where I used a bed for the first time in my life, graduating from shared mats or mattresses spread on the floor. Oh, what a change it was for me!

6. He would sometimes eat from trash cans

Okoth said,

‘Prior to secondary school, I had not known a three meal diet. Eating from the trash bins was just normal.  I seldom went back home, choosing instead to remain at school studying and working.’

7. He sold newspapers

Ken Okoth revealed,

I went to The Nation newspapers where I had done voluntary work in the past and they allowed me to sell newspapers.

8. He founded Kibra Foundation or  ‘Watoto wa Kibra’ while still in Europe in 2006.

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Meet Monicah, the young widow left behind by Kibra MP Ken Okoth

This is cliche, I know, but it has to be said, behind every powerful man is an even powerful force, his wife.Ken Okoth’s powerful force is his wife, Monica.

We got to meet Monica when Ken’s former high school classmate and long-time friend, Fred Gori, shared pictures of a get together between Ken and his former school mates on Facebook.

He then went on to narrate how Okoth was overwhelmed by the support his wife had given him to the extent of joining him in hospital for months.

‘I can’t be cured,’ Proof that Ken Okoth knew he was dying

Ken Okoth and wife Monicah
Ken Okoth and wife Monicah

Gori gave details on how Monica stood by Ken in France for the five months he was receiving treatment.

The supportive wife took time off from work to cater to the needs of the legislator.

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Ken Okoth had at the time been out of the country for the better part of the past six months after he flew out of the nation to seek advanced medical treatment.

Ken and Monicah were a true definition that

He who finds a good wife finds favour from God.

Below are photos of the couple

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Kenneth Okoth with Esther Passaris in Paris
Kenneth Okoth with Esther Passaris in Paris
Kenneth Okoth with Esther Passaris in Paris
Kenneth Okoth with Esther Passaris in Paris

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‘You were loved beyond measure,’ Esther Passaris mourns Ken Okoth

Condolence messages continue flowing after the death of Ken Okoth after he passed away at the Nairobi Hospital due to massive organ failure.

Among those who have penned touching messages is Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris.

Esther Passaris wrote,

We have not only lost a great leader but also a good man. Hon. Ken Okoth had nothing but love for everyone he encountered and all who sought his guidance and mentorship. He inspired.

He was forthright. He was a shoulder even when he needed a shoulder. He effortlessly etched a beautiful mark in my soul.

Rest my brother. Rest. You were loved beyond measure because you loved beyond measure. 
#RIPHonKenOkoth. 

Kibra MP Ken Okoth dies in ICU due to massive organ failure

Esther Passaris and Ken Okoth
Esther Passaris and Ken Okoth

Kibra MP Ken Okoth dies in ICU due to massive organ failure

Esther is among Kenyan politicians who had visited Ken Okoth while he was receiving treatment in Paris, Ken who was obviously excited to see Passaris even took the time to pose for photos.

Kenneth Okoth with Esther Passaris in Paris
Kenneth Okoth with his wife Monicah and  Esther Passaris in Paris

Ken lived his life to the fullest and may his soul rest in perfect peace, till we meet again.

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Friends indeed: People who visited Ken Okoth in hospital abroad

Kibra Member of Parliament is no more, of importance to note however is that he has not been alone in his battle with Colerectal cancer stage four.

Ann Wigmore once said,

Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy and spirit you possess or takes away from it.

Ken was a fighter until the end when his family put him off life support.

Before his death here are the friends who stood by him.

1.Esther Passaris

Esther Passaris and Ken Okoth
Esther Passaris and Ken Okoth

2.Judy Wakhungu

Ken Okoth greeting Judy Wakhungu
Ken Okoth greeting Judy Wakhungu

3.Eastleigh Member of Parliament, Yusuf Hassan

Yusuf has expressed his utter shock at the news of Okoth’s death.

Absolutely devastated by the death of the extraordinary Kibra MP & Hero KEN OKOTH. He was an upright & principled politician who selflessly worked & loved his constituents.

What are a great loss! My condolences to Monica & the family. We will deeply miss you. Hamba Kahle.

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4.BBC reporter Larry Madowo

Larry Madowo had visited Ken Okoth as he was still working with BBC at the time.

Larry Madowo and Ken Okoth
BBC reporter Larry Madowo and Ken Okoth in a past photo taken in Paris.

Kenya has indeed lost a hero.

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‘I can’t be cured,’ Proof that Ken Okoth knew he was dying

Ken Okoth is a darling to many most especially Kibra occupants who have elected him twice to represent them in matters politics.

But his journey has not been an easy one given that along the way he was ‘killed’ by social media users something he came out to refute.

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Ken-Okoth,KIbra member of parliament and a cancer warrior

Speaking after his diagnosis Ken OKoth confessed that his cancer could not be cured as it was caught at stage four.

“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.

Ken Okoth with his wife Monicah and Esther Passaris

‘I’m alive and kicking,’ Ken Okoth responds after he was killed online

Okoth had abdominal pain and weight loss.  For over a year, he was treated for ulcers and bacterial infection. He was also put on drugs to manage stress.

“God cannot give you a test that you can’t pass.

This I have learnt over the last two years of being sick and adjusting to a “new normal” in my personal and public life,” Okoth said on his facebook wall.

Emotions run high as friends and family mourn Ken Okoth’s death – Photos

Emotions ran high at the Lee Funeral home as family, friends and Kenyans in general tried to come to terms with the untimely death of Kibra MP Ken Okoth.

Okoth was rushed to Nairobi Hospital’s at 5pm on Thursday and moved to ICU at 8am on Friday after multiple organ failure.

He succumbed at 4.pm on Friday.

Kibra MP Ken Okoth dies in ICU due to massive organ failure

Two weeks ago, Okoth made his first official appearance to the public after being away in France for five months seeking treatment for colorectal cancer.

He had attended the Kibra Music Fest at Moi Girls School, Nairobi.

In March, Okoth told Kenyans that he was managing stage four colorectal cancer and will survive.

Okoth was 41 and was serving his second term.

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He showed confidence that he will overcome ‘the monster’ in a Twitter reply to Benjie Wambui who had asked how he was doing.

“How are you Mheshimiwa? I am praying for you today,” Wambui had posted.

Okoth responded,

“Napambana na hali yangu (I’m managing my condition) and we shall overcome.Chemo drugs are brutal on the skin and immune system,” Okoth said.

Below are photos from the mortuary.

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Striking similarities between the life of Bob Collymore and Ken Okoth

Kenyans are still coming to terms with the death of Kibra member of parliament Ken Okoth after he passed away while in ICU at Nairobi Hospital.

Something worth noting however is the similarities between his life and battle with cancer and that of the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore.

1.Both had been misdiagnosed.

For over a year, Ken OKoth 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.

Bob Collymore had also been misdiagnosed of having Vitamin D Deficiency before travelling abroad where he was correctly diagnosed with stage four Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

2.Their cancers were diagnosed at the last stage

Both their cancers were diagnosed at stage four.

3.Both their wives stayed with them in hospital through out their treatment.

Both Bob’s and Ken’s wife traveled with their late husband’s for treatment abroad.

They left everything behind to support the men they loved .

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 4.Both died back at home.

Despite Bob Collymore having gone to seek treatment abroad he breathed his last in Kenya ,a country he had called home for more than a decade.

The same applies for Kibra MP Ken Okoth,Despite having traveled to Europe  to seek treatment he passed away at the Nairobi Hospital ICU.

5.Both were married to ‘foreigners’

Bob Collymore was born and raised in Guyana and was married to Wambui Kabiru a Kenyan woman.

Ken Okoth was on the other hand a Kenyan man who met and fell in love with a European woman named Monicah.

She has been by him all this while.

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Chemotherapy, daily drugs, ICU here is Ken Okoth’s brave cancer journey

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.

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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.

Ken Okoth

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.

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Revealed here is Ken Okoth’s final wish before he breathed his last

Kibra member of Parliament Ken Okoth has finally rested after a brave battle with colerectal cancer which had spread to his liver leaving him in ICU.

The outspoken ,charismatic politician had however  shared the wishes he would have loved to see fulfilled one of them being put of life machine.

According to a source

He (Okoth) specifically had said he doesn’t want to be on life support so an hour ago they decided to switch it off.

Ken Okoth

Kibra MP Ken Okoth dies in ICU due to massive organ failure

That however is not the only wish Okoth had before his demise.

Last year Okoth travelled to Europe for further treatment as he could not afford the expensive treatment in the USA.

His one wish at the time was Kenya to make cancer care a priority.

“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.

 

May his soul rest in perfect peace and may God grant his family peace in this trying times .

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Kibra MP Ken Okoth dies in ICU due to massive organ failure

Kibra MP Ken Okoth is dead.Okoth was rushed to Nairobi Hospital’s at 5pm on Thursday and moved to ICU at 8am on Friday after multiple organ failure.

Okoth succumbed at 4.pm.

Two weeks ago, Okoth made his first official appearance to the public after being away in France for five months seeking treatment for colorectal cancer.

He had attended the Kibra Music Fest at Moi Girls School, Nairobi.

Ken Okoth

In March, Okoth told Kenyans that he was managing stage four colorectal cancer and will survive.

Okoth was 41 and was serving his second term.

He showed confidence that he will overcome ‘the monster’ in a Twitter reply to Benjie Wambui who had asked how he was doing.

“How are you Mheshimiwa? I am praying for you today,” Wambui had posted.

Okoth responded, “Napambana na hali yangu (I’m managing my condition) and we shall overcome.”

“Chemo drugs are brutal on the skin and immune system,” Okoth said.

A Thankful Heart: Kibra MP Ken Okoth’s message to KOT

BBC TV personality Larry Madowo paid a visit to ailing Kibra Mp Ken Okoth, as he continues with medical treatment in Paris.

The MP who has won the hearts of Kenyans, disclosed recently that he was diagnosed with Cancer.

Madowo’s message read

Great catching up with my friend Ken Okoth.

He’s in good spirits and thanks everyone for the support

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Ken Okoth is a man who has a story that has inspired many and still continues to inspire a lot of people.

The MP has been battling cancer but still continues to put on a brave and optimistic face amidst treatment.

Other Kenyas who have visited the MP include Speaker of the Senate ken Lusaka and Esther Passaris.

KOT whispered words of comfort to him under the comments section

mamah_nate: This too shall pass for Ken. He shall come out a Victor… Praying for him.

estheratsango: May God heal him. I shed tears for him almost daily. May our good Lord answer my prayers for Ken. I love him so much Such a great Leader.

judyjmutheu: Lord Jesus I thank you for the gift of great health and for those who don’t have this gift Lord I ask that you heal them. Amen

maureenakenga: May God grant you full recovery. Your best days are ahead of you. Hold on help is on the way.

samconny1: We’re praying for him…🙏🙏🙏🙏 God’s mercy upon him

saenyi_simon: Great to see you Ken…you shall get over this…. We are praying for you

stacyhope09: Keep well boss, may your healing come from the above

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‘I am alive and kicking’ Kibra MP Ken Okoth refutes death claims

Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth has come out dispel rumors that he is dead.

He wrote a message on social media after numerous inquiries from friends.

It read

I’m alive and kicking. Folks should stop killing me before my time with rumours.

One Polycarp Hinga even sent his condolence to the member of parliament.

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Moses Kuria has come out to bash Polycarp for spreading fake news.

For those people in Government who sponsor one Polycarp Hinga to sell Fake News. Tell your boy it’s immoral to spread fake news that Hon Ken Okoth is dead.

Hon Okoth is a lion. You just have no idea what steel he is made of. Washenzi

Kibra MP Ken Okoth had revealed that he is suffering from Colorectal stage 4 cancer, adding that he can only manage it given that it was discovered too late.

Okoth had abdominal pain and weight loss.  For over a year, he was treated for ulcers and bacterial infection. He was also put on drugs to manage stress.

“God cannot give you a test that you can’t pass. This I have learnt over the last two years of being sick and adjusting to a “new normal” in my personal and public life,” Okoth said on his facebook wall.

 

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