“They were all saddened by my situation, always wondering where to get help from. They somehow managed to provide for my medication and physically supported me until I could move on my own.” He now moves around in a wheelchair and sometimes when he can, a walking stick.
CARING NEIGHBOUR BECOMES WIFE
While Nicholas was recuperating at home, one of their female neighbours kept coming around to help his mother with daily chores.
With time, they grew close and a year later he proposed to her. "She didn't play hard to get. She had seen it coming. I was so elated. We are blessed with two children now."
Nicholas filed a case against the bus company at the Milimani Law Courts 18 years ago hoping to be compensated from the accident but the case failed to kick off. It was never been mentioned and those implicated have since disappeared.
However, he says he has forgiven them and is moving on with his life. “I have no reason to hold it against them because it is my believe that they did not cause it intentionally,” he says.
Despite having undergone a physical and mentally painful experience, Nicholas, 44, remains hopeful and says he has never suffered from self esteem issues.
“To me, disability is a calling; God always wanted me to be a missionary and the accident gave me an opportunity to do so. I started preaching to patients and their families from my hospital bed."
He spends most of his time spreading the gospel in his home town of Yatta, Machakos County.
"I am also a guardian to an orphaned girl who is deaf. She is more of a niece to me as her mum, who was my wife’s sister passed on ten years ago and that is when I took her in. She is now 18 years old."
If given the chance, he says he is ready to fight for the rights of the disabled, orphans and street children.