For 32 year-old Boniface Mwendwa life has never been the same since that fateful night on May 14, 2017 when his right leg was broken in a hit and run accident along Jogoo road in Nairobi.
All he remembers was finding himself at Kenyatta National Hospital after losing consciousness during the accident. The hospital told him that he was brought in by the police.
Mr Mwendwa had broken a section of his tibia on his lower right leg. A series of surgeries had been done on him at the Kenyatta National Hospital but the treatment was stopped when he was unable to pay for a metal rod that is to be used to help heal his leg.
“I remember that day we were all discharged from the hospital was some time last year when Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris came visiting patients at the hospital. She talked to us and we told her our problems,” Mwendwa narrated to Nairobi News.
“I don’t what she said to the management but she later called the president and put him on loudspeaker for all of us to hear the conversation. She asked the president to help us and we were all told to go home,” he continued.
“As I left the hospital I was told to go back for a check up on February 5 this year. I went back but I was told that the doctor was not around.
“I have an open wound that shows the bones on my leg sticking out. What I do now is to just clean the wound, but I’m in excruciating pain. I just need to get proper medication so I can save my leg,” he says.
Mwendwa also says his wife left him four months after he suffered the injury. Now unable to work and earn a living for himself, he is left to rely on the help from friends who sometimes give him a place to sleep at night.
“When I called my wife with whom we have a four-year-old boy with when she stopped coming to visit me in hospital, she told me not to call her since she had moved on with her life,” he laments.
“I have accepted that and all that I’m asking for is help. I dont even need someone to give me money, I’m just asking the government or well-wishers to take me to the hospital so that I can get medical attention on my leg. I want to be able to walk again so that I can continue with my job as a casual labourer at Kamukunji and earn a living for myself. That is all I’m asking for.”