Every evening, Patrick stands outside his single mother’s rented home, watching the sun go down into the horizon.
He’s a sad boy. At 22, he should be up and about either assisting his mom in gardening, working to earn a living, or pursuing a course.
But his heart condition has reduced him into what he is today:a Kenyan youth whose immense energy cannot help his jobless mother, his two siblings, himself, or the community in his high density Maina village in Nyahururu town of Laikipia county, Kenya.
Patrick requires Kenya Shillings 1,300,000,or US $ 13,000 for an open heart surgery.
According to Dr Gladys Njihia, a paediatric cardiologist at the Meter Misericordiae Hospital in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, Patrick’s condition demands that he undergoes open heart surgery to replace a heart valve.
Patrick’s problem was first suspected when he was in Class One. It made him drop out of school. He collapsed frequently and could only watch his age-mates play happily.Since then, he has been on medication, until Dr. Njihia recommended the open heart surgery, the cost of which his family cannot meet whatsover.
Patrick is supposed to go for review on January 13 this year. The doctors are not expected to recommend anything better or cheaper than the long overdue open heart surgery,
Patrick’s life hangs on the balance: It requires fellow human beings to save him.