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Relief for boy, 10, with rare genetic skin condition as Ida Odinga pledges to finance hospital bill

In Summary

  • Ida Odinga has pledged to help the boy and other vulnerable children in the hospital realise their future ambitions.
  • The boy’s skin was swelling, developing scars, peeling off and having permanent wounds on almost all the parts of his body.

A skin disease patient from Siaya County can now breathe a sigh of relief after Ida Odinga came to his aid.

While addressing the press at OVI Children’s Hospital in Migori, Ida pledged to take care of all the medical expenses accrued during Kevin Omondi’s treatment.

She further pledged to help the 10-year-old boy and other vulnerable children in the hospital realise their future ambitions.

Omondi came into limelight after a local radio station highlighted his plight which began while still a toddler. His mother could not afford medical care resorting to traditional herbs that never cured the teenager.

Ida immediately took up the matter after getting wind of the story. She offered to bankroll the ailing boy’s hospital bill and buy the drugs required for the period the patient will be at the hospital.

She added that she wants to make sure the Grade 2 pupil gets cured and re-enroll school where he was performing well. The painful skin condition took its toll on him forcing him to drop out of school.

Ms. Ida Odinga, Kelvin and the rest of officials at OVI Children hospital. The health facility has vowed to keep him for as long as possible to enable him to get healed and treated well. PHOTO/TV47

According to The boy’s guardian and teacher Madam Florence Akoth, his books turned bloody and his friends did not want to play with him triggering a severe case of low self-esteem.

“As a mother and her class teacher I had to come in and help the bright boy but due to the ailment, he does not perform well in class… he can make it in life and perform well if the conditions are well managed because he performs much better than the rest in class.”

The hospital’s skin specialist Nelson Mandela said that the situation is treatable and wanted members of the public to be considerate and help such patients.

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