Uhuru comes to the rescue of 5-year-old boy stuck in India after his emotional letter

Presidential intervention for Ethan after moving letter

File image of President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta has intervened to help five-year old Ethan Macharia who wrote an emotional letter to him and other Kenyans of goodwill asking for assistance.

Ethan and his mother have been stuck in India, unable to raise the Sh 3.5 Million hospital bill required for a brain surgery. Wrote a moving letter that went viral.

His plight touched the President who has since intervened to ensure that Ethan undergoes a specialized operation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 29 February 2020, announced the development, adding that the family was grateful for the help from the President.

A tweet by the ministry read in part that "The message from the president was delivered to the Mother and the hospital by Kenya's Ambassador to India Willy Bett. Ethan's mother, Veronica expressed her gratitude to the president for helping her out in her moment of desperation".

Macharia’s plight was highlighted by The Standard on 19 February 2020, with Kenyans showing support for the young warrior who has faced the challenges bravely.

It all started in November 2018 when Macharia injured himself while playing.

He sustained brain damage that led to seizures that worsened over the years.

“My son was leading a normal life until the unfortunate incident that changed our lives forever. We have spent the last 14 months trying to raise money for what doctors call a Palliative VNS surgery that’s supposed to suppress his daily seizures as a result of the fall.

"This is the second time we are here in the last 14 months and we couldn’t raise enough money the first time," Njeri stated.

Doctors at Fortis hospital where Ethan is admitted stated that the had tried to control the condition with multiple drugs with no success, terming the surgery as very important.


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