How Bob Collymore got to know he had cancer

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Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore died at his home in Nairobi on July 1, at 2:30 am.

The company’s chairman, Nicholas Nganga, said that he had been undergoing treatment in different hospitals before his death.

In 2018, Collymore opened up about his battle with the disease and the diagnosis process which took place in 2017.

Collymore revealed he had been misdiagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency when he started feeling unwell.

He spoke to Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange, describing how the symptoms began with feeling tired and experiencing high temperatures once in a while.

He further said that he didn’t take the situation seriously as the symptoms would disappear after 24 hours.

During a trip to Morocco, he experienced flu like symptoms, body tremors and pains in the shin at his front leg and below the knee. He then informed his wife Wambui Kamiru who suspected he was suffering from malaria.

Bob Collymore and his wife Wambui Kamiru during their wedding day.
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When he came back to Nairobi, Collymore went to the hospital and was diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency and put on supplements.

He sought a second opinion from a doctor based in Nairobi Hospital who carried out 30 different blood tests but couldn’t establish the exact issue.

The doctor referred him to to the United Kingdom after he suspected that the issue could be blood-related.

It was in London that he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid, a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow with excess immature white blood cells.

When asked if he was scared after the bad news, Collymore said it was not a big deal to him and he was more concerned about missing out on work and family after his doctor told him that the treatment process would take 6-9 months .

He also revealed that his ex-wife and his sister both had cancer but were living hale and hearty and asserted that people do not have to die from the disease.

Collymore has died at the age of 61 and his survived by his wife and kids.

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