It began like any other school day. Sharon Winni swung her school bag on her shoulders, bid her grandmother goodbye, and made for the train. The train’s schedule had become erratic of late, and with every new day, there seemed to additional passengers jostling for space at the Ruiru station.
Sharon was bubbly as usual. She was disembarking at the next station, a haphazardly-structured place called “KM”. It is an artery into Kenyatta University Primary School on the Northern-most part of the expansive Kenyatta University. Sharon was a Standard Four pupil at the primary school.
As she surveyed the cabins to pick out the one that didn’t seem too congested, the iron snake starting slowly hissing towards KM. It was slow, slow enough for her to reach the door. But it was too little, too late. A swinging metal door scraped her forehead and sent her onto the rail track. The grinding wheels lacerated her legs and right arm. Sharon’s life would never be the same again.
News of the accident reached her grandmother who notified Sharon’s mum. “I was in a night dress. It was early morning. I dashed to the scene of the accident still donning the night dress,” Sharon’s mother Jackline Wase says.
The scene that met her will live in her memory forever. “I found some bones at the railway track. A by stander told me the bones belonged to a child who’d been involved in an accident, and that he doubts the child survived. I did not even tell him that I was the child’s mother.”
Sharon’s story featured in the premier edition of Beyond The Limit, a weekly programme aired on TV47 that brings out the positive dreams of persons living with disabilities.
For the complete story on Sharon, who wrote her KCPE exams this year, see the video below as first aired on TV47.