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Heartbreak: Kenyan journalist diagnosed with acute Leukemia passes on

A Kenyan journalist, who in January came out publicly with a desperate appeal to well-wishers to help him raise funds needed for an urgent medical treatment, has passed on.

Dennis Omondi, a former sub-editor at West FM, who had been diagnosed with acute Leukemia in 2017, died at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) on Friday afternoon where he had been admitted after returning from India.

The 31-year-old photojournalist had previously been admitted at Apollo Hospital in Indian for specialized treatment.

Omondi’s plight first came to the fore in January when he made an appeal to well-wishers and friends to help him raise Sh12million required for treatment in South Africa.

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In April, he uploaded a video on Twitter in which he made an emotional appeal to well-wishers to help him raise funds needed for the urgent treatment.

He raised Sh6.5 million through donations and underwent chemotherapy at Apollo but did not find a bone marrow donor. Tests on his brothers found they were not matches.

Omondi had already started the first stages of chemotherapy, which was later halted for lack of funds.

The father of two returned to Kenya last month and was readmitted at KNH where he passed on. His body is lying at the facility’s mortuary.