August 19, 2022

7 Sons Suffer From Mysterious Disability Throwing Family Into Agony

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A family in Ndalani, Yatta Sub County has been left distraught after all their seven sons developed a mysterious disability once they attain teenage age.

Rael Mwikali’s four sons suffered paralysis on their legs while in Class Six; three of them can only move on a wheel-chair while the other gets support from an aid to carry him around when necessary.

Two others died while in their 20s, almost 10 years ago after living with the disability and developing the health complications. The other is her nephew who has been living with the disability for years.

Life has not only been torturous for Mwikali but also filled with several unanswered questions of what befalls her teenage boys. Surprisingly, all her daughters are of good health, raising more questions of why the condition only affects the boys.

Mwikali who hails from Kwa Ndolo area in Ndalani was blessed with 12 children. She was living an easy life with her husband until the strange conditions began hitting her family.

At first, she thought it was bad luck. However, as years went by and seeing the condition affect all her sons, then it struck her that it was not right.

“Every time the boys get to 12 years, I always have hoped that they will make it to adulthood being normal. However, they get paralysis of the legs the same year which forces them to drop out of school,” she says.

Stephen Wambuaa, 26, cannot even crawl, and depends on a well-wisher who carries him around on his hands when necessary while Jonathan Mutuku, 20, is always on a wheelchair.

Her two other sons are in a special school in the area where they are taken care of.

Shockingly, their youngest brother who is 14 years old has already shown signs of suffering from the same disability as his legs are slowly getting paralyzed and can hardly move without assistance.

Their father’s hands too cannot grab anything firmly as his fingers have been paralyzed. Other than the disability, the boys are full of health, can converse freely, and are of sound mind.

“I have moved from one hospital to another for treatment, sought divine interventions in whichever way, went to the witch doctors, but what ails my family is still a mystery,” said Mwikali.

Surprisingly, her elder sister’s son too developed a similar disability when he was in Class 8, but luckily for him, he was enrolled in a special school in Thika town where he has since completed Form 4.

She says the abuses that the family has been getting from the locals have been not only disheartening but also heart breaking.

“We have been called names since my sister’s son also suffers from a similar disability. They associate us with witchcraft and family curses. We have been forced to get the curses removed, but all my attempts have been futile,” she said.

Despite all her troubles, Mwikali pushes herself to look for menial jobs to feed the family though in most days, it has been heartbreaks.

Her hope is that one day, the causes of their tribulations will be revealed and that no other form of disability will befall her sons in future.

Benson Kinyae, a neighbor, explains the troubled times that the family has gone through, having to bear with name calling from villagers, despite their attempts to seek answers for what has been ailing its people.

The family called on well-wishers to come to their aid to provide them with wheelchairs and monetary and other donations to help the sons seek specialized treatment.

Francis Kilango, a local leader, called on the national and the county governments to set up a kitty to help out such families to be able to seek treatment for their loved ones.

He also called on parents of children with disabilities not to hide them, but rather bring them out so that they get exposed and be able to benefit from government and donor programmes as well as be recruited in special schools to be able to achieve life dreams.

“This family needs assistance and we urge well-wishers to help out. We also ask the government to set aside a kitty to help such families,” said Kilango.

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