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Woman who moved the internet to tears with rare brain condition passes on

The Nakuru woman battling a rare brain condition, and whose husband won hearts after he quit his job to take care of her, has died.

Grace Mburu died in her sleep on Wednesday morning at her home in Njoro, Nakuru County.

Her husband John Mburu cried on national television as he sought help from Kenyans to raise funds for her treatment. Millions of shillings were raised and Mrs Mburu started treatment that saw her condition improve to a point where she was able to walk unaided.

John Mburu with his wife Grace Mburu. Mrs Mburu died on February 08, 2017. PHOTO |COURTESY
John Mburu with his wife Grace Mburu. Mrs Mburu died on February 08, 2017. PHOTO |COURTESY

On Tuesday, her husband noticed that she was too weak and took her to Njoro Hospital where tests were done.

“They discovered that her blood level was low despite the fact that in her daily menu we always included spinach. I was given one week medication to improve the blood levels and was to take her back to the hospital on Tuesday next week for a review,” Mr Mburu told Nairobi News.

At about 1am Wednesday morning, Mr Mburu noticed that his wife was unresponsive and medics confirmed that she had passed on.

“I would like to thank Kenyans for helping me when I asked for money. I did my part in taking good care of my wife until her death this morning,” said Mr Mburu.

The couple got married in 2012. A year later when Mrs Mburu was five months pregnant she fell ill and doctors advised termination of the pregnancy to save her life.

She was diagnosed with cerebral hypoxia and diabetes and later she lost her sight, hearing, memory and the ability to walk.

Her husband quit his job and dedicated his life to taking care of her everyday. When the story was aired on television he got a reprieve as Kenyans donated the much needed treatment funds.

She has been undergoing treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital and had started hearing and walking unaided.