In Summary
  • Nicholas, who was in his mid twenties at the time, had not intended to go for the graduation ceremony but a friend convinced him otherwise.
  • People called him kiwete behind his back because he was now physically challenged, reliant on others for everything.”
  • He filed a case against the bus company at the Milimani Law Courts 18 years ago but the case failed to kick off.

Nicholas Mutuku Muoki was travelling to Eldoret for his graduation but ended up in hospital after a tragic road accident.

The Bachelor of Science graduate remembers the fateful incident that happened exactly 20 years ago as if it happened yesterday.

“The Nissan matatu I was travelling in was overtaking a bus when it hit an oncoming lorry head-on. I lost consciousness on impact.

COMA FOR 2 MONTHS

“I’m told good Samaritans took us to the Nakuru War Memorial Hospital where I stayed for weeks before being transferred to the intensive care unit at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). I was in coma for two months.”

Nicholas, who was in his mid twenties at the time, had not intended to go for the graduation ceremony but a friend convinced him otherwise.

“We had grown up together and attended the same schools. Unfortunately my friend was killed in the accident,” says Nicholas.

“When I woke up from the coma, I thought I was still in school in a karate session that I used to attend because I found my left hand and leg tied to the bed.

“The nurses were on strike and I am told my mom is the one who took care of me at KNH for several weeks. When I came to, I could not recognise her neither could I speak. I later found out that I had lost 90 per cent of my memory, sense of smell, taste and sight.”

“People would call me kiwete (disabled) behind my back because I was now physically challenged and reliant on others for everything.”

Previously, his family relied on him for financial support as the eldest child after his father passed on but tables were turned after the accident.

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