11 members of one family killed by mysterious hereditary disease

Family left in shock

Richard Langat (Standard)

A family living in Londiani, Kipkelion East constituency on Wednesday requested for help in regards to a disease that has claimed members of the family.

Richard Langat revealed that the alleged hereditary disease had killed 11 members of his family in a span of 34 years.

The 52-year-old explained that the illness would first make the victim to have difficulty in speaking then interfere with eyesight, render one immobile and cause memory loss.

According to Langat, the family has never found out the cause of the disease as reported by Standard.

Shadrach Mutai, Kericho County Health executive, remarked that he had taken up the matter with a medical expert.

"The neurological expert will then link us up with a geneticist. The preliminary work up first and then looking at the component of the genetics, the medical experts will determine what could be the cause of the disease," stated Mutai.

Langat loses his mother

The first family member died in 1984, with the illness claiming the second person in 1996, who was Langat's mother.

He then lost his siblings in 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010 while his four nephews passed on in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Langat who is not affected by the disease highlighted that he had been forced to turn to Kaparangwek clan members in order to perform traditional Kipsigis rites to try and appease the gods.

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