Cancer Diagnosis Didn't Stop Top 2018 KCPE Performer From Excelling

A top KCPE candidate excelled in her exams despite being diagnosed with cancer.

A candidate writing for her exam

The 15-year-old girl was one of the top performers in public schools with 415 marks out of the possible 500 marks in Mombasa notwithstanding the fact that she was suffering from effects of cancer.


Kamanthe has been going through a lot of pain but her persistence ensured that she did not give up on her goals.

As she sat for her 2018 KCPE, she was also coming to terms with the fact that her health was failing her although she had no idea exactly what was wrong with her body.

Her parents did not break the news that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer until she had completed her last paper.

The teenage girl had strange swelling in her left leg as well as persistent pain for several months, a condition she had come to terms with the hope that it would go away after some time.

However, when the pain became unbearable, her parents took her to hospital few weeks to the KCPE examinations.

Seeking Treatment

“I took my daughter to Pandya Hospital and it was confirmed that she had bone cancer, which required urgent treatment," Kamanthe’s father, Josephat Mwangani Mutua stated.

"The doctors told me it could be done locally which would involve the amputation of her leg or alternatively she could be taken to India for a specialised treatment,” he added.

Kamanthe says she wants to go to India for the specialised treatment so that she can come back on time to join Form One with the rest of students.


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