This is my sister, Lisa Muthoni. She's a young mum who never thought
that borrowing a friends makeup brush would be the beginning of a fight
for her life.
Lisa, a young single mum to 3 year old Tommy,
contracted MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant form of golden staph. This
infection invaded her body and eventually attacked her spine, leaving
her paralysed from the waist and wheelchair-bound as a T1 paraplegic.
At 1am on the 22nd of August 2015, she was air lifted by Red Cross
Careflight from Tigoni Hospital to Kenyatta National Hospital in
Nairobi, to under go life saving surgery to remove an CA-MRSA epidural
abscess that was strangling her spinal cord from T3-T10. After the
surgery, her doctors informed her that due to the extensive damage all
they way down her spinal cord and swelling, she was now a T1 paraplegic
and will be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Surgeons had to do
a lumbar laminectomy to remove 5 bones in her spine because the abscess
had turned them septic. She was told due to the severity of the
infection, had it been left roughly 1 hour longer her spinal cord would
have been severed at T6 and 2 hours longer and she wouldn't have
Lisa spent 4 months undergoing a gruelling
rehabilitation program in the spinal ward of Kenyatta National Hospital
in Nairobi, but the hardest part was being away from her little boy
Initially told she would never walk again, her best-case
outlook is she may one day be able to walk an hour or two a day. She
will never again have control of her bowel or bladder. Never again will
she be able to chase her little boy around the yard.
remarkable sister she is, with so much strength, courage and
determination, Lisa has learnt to walk again slowly and for only 1-2
hours a day - an accomplishment that doctors told her may never be
possible. However, still faces the reality of being wheelchair-bound for
the rest of her life.
Her journey has not ended, after she
left spinal ward of the PA hospital, on 29/01/2016. She has on-going
rehabilitation and medical costs for the rest of her life. She needs to
keep up physiotherapy sessions and care for her young son while making
sure her health is not affected and being able to find funding for all
the extra costs involved in this drastic life change.
is to raise some much needed funds for Lisa and Tommy to help ease the
worries they are faced with and provide Lisa with vital financial
support for her on going medical and recovery expenses.