In Summary
  • On September 2012, Angel’s health deteriorated and she fell seriously ill.
  • She developed a swelling on the right side of her abdomen.
  • There was a mass on her right kidney and she underwent emergency surgery to remove it.
  • In April 2013, when Angel was about to resume her classes, she started ailing again.
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Lucy Githuku watched her daughter helplessly as she fought for her life, praying all the while and not leaving her side.

Her only child, Angel Hope, was four years nine months old when she died after suffering from neuroblastoma cancer.

“I was a single mother at 25 years [when her child was born], and my daughter brought me peace and so much happiness. When she turned four, I enrolled her at Rasul Academy for her nursery education. During her first and second term in school she was continuously sick,” she says.

Lucy realised her daughter could not control her bladder and while she was sleeping she had to put on diapers. She decided that Angel would only be in school for half a day on every school day.

On September 2012, Angel’s health deteriorated and she fell seriously ill. She developed a swelling on the right side of her abdomen.

“I panicked and rushed her to the Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru where she underwent an abdominal ultrasound to determine the cause of the swelling. The results showed a mass on her right kidney, which was treated as an emergency that saw Angel wheeled to the theatre,” Lucy says.

The doctors realised the tumour had engulfed the entire kidney, and they had to remove it. Samples were taken for further tests and results came back negative for cancer.

Lucy quit her job as a receptionist to take care of her ailing daughter.

In April 2013, when Angel was about to resume her classes, she started ailing again. She had high fevers, continuous vomiting and severe abdominal pains. She was taken back to hospital and was found to have an enlarged liver. Her system had begun to fail and blood transfusion was necessary.

Angel Hope.

Angel Hope. PHOTO | COURTESY

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