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Singer Ruth Matete remembers suffering 80 per cent of body burns

By Winnie Mabel September 28th, 2022 3 min read

Pastor Ruth Matete took to social media on September 27 to encourage her followers with a sermon on overcoming difficult times that leave scars – whether they are physical or emotional- and becoming victorious.

It was during this sermon that she revealed she once suffered 80% burns to her body following a domestic incident.

“You see that scar on my back? That’s just what you can see. When I was young, I got burned by porridge. I was barely walking. Dad says I was still crawling.

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Ruth Matete
Singer Ruth Matete. PHOTO | COURTESY

Back in Kakamega. Mum had prepared porridge and ran out to do something. I crawled and touched the tip of the pot (sufuria) and it toppled over. Long story short, I burned 80%. I don’t know what that means, I just know it’s a lot of burning,” Matete said in part in her Instagram post.

She explained, “The whole of my back, both of my thighs, parts of my hands, and a small part of my head. I mean, God was so gracious the parts that were burned are those I can hide with clothes. Now I know I was born to serve Him.

Mini skirts, haiwes mek. Ooh tank top! Ooh bare back. Ooh see through. I can’t do such. Let’s just say, God is wise.”

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She further revealed that her father, Abel Amunga, additionally told her that she had been a difficult child to carry after the incident and skin grafting surgery had to be done on her where she was severely burned.

“Skin grafting is a type of graft surgery involving the transplantation of skin. The transplanted tissue is called a skin graft. Skin grafting is often used to treat: Extensive wounding or trauma burns.

I keep wondering what part of my body they removed the skin to add to the deeply burned parts,” added Matete.

Actor Abel Amunga and his daughter, singer Ruth Matete. PHOTO | COURTESY

She used this incident to tell her followers that God heals all wounds even though the scars may remain. She insisted that the most important part was overcoming the trauma to become victorious.

“This is what I would like to tell you who is reading this post. You may not have a physical scar like mine. Yours could be an emotional scar, mental scar, etc.

It still is a scar. And it would be unfair to even say that my scar is worse than yours. Because we have different strengths. What seems easy to someone else could be very hard to another. We all have scars.”

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Ruth Matete
Singer turned Pastor Ruth Matete. PHOTO | COURTESY

Matete continued, “They say time heals all wounds. I don’t agree. God heals all wounds. But even when the wound is healed, the scar still remains. Sometimes I go through hard times, and then I just look at all those scars.

I pat myself in the back and say ‘Luxo, you overcame this. This too, you can overcome’.”

“The scars are proof that you fought and came out victorious! What is that thing you fought and won? Or what is it that you’re fighting?

Don’t worry about the scars. Don’t hide them. Don’t be ashamed of them. The scar is proof that you won.” Concluded Matete.

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