Super policeman on a mission to help young mum return to school
A city policeman woke up to a Facebook post on Tuesday morning that narrated the ordeal of a former house help who had been impregnanted and abandoned by her lover.
The 17 year-old girl, the post read, is stranded at Fatima Maternity Hospital in Ongata Rongai where she delivered a baby boy through Caesarian Section. Her maternity bill had accumulated to Sh140, 000.
The Facebook post prompted Corporal Sammy Ondimu Ngare to visit the girl and get details of her case.
Turns out the girl left home in Mbita, Homa Bay county, in 2016 to seek employment as a house help in Kibera. She had dropped out of Form Three in 2014.
“She came to Nairobi as a house help where she was employed in Kibera, it was during that time that she met a young man from Rongai who would later impregnate and abandon her,” narrated Corporal Ngare in a Facebook post.
The pregnant girl began experiencing labour at the height of the nationwide doctors’ strike in March.
Neighbours were worried that she was too young to withstand the rigors of normal birth and started looking for a facility that could conduct a Caesarian Section.
They went to Pumwani Maternity Hospital, then to Kenyatta National Hospital, then to Mbagathi Hospital and then to St Mary’s Hospital, Langata, but to no avail.
Finally they took her to Fatima Maternity Hospital in Ongata Rongai at 9:30pm where they found a slot for her. She gave birth on March 9th and was discharged on March 13th.
Sadly, the girl’s lover went missing. Her employer abandoned her, depositing her suitcase with clothes at the hospital’s gate in the middle of the night.
With no support forthcoming, the girl has been living at the hospital since then.
“This is an appeal to all Kenyans to help this underage girl get out of hospital and continue with her studies. I had a small interview with her where by she opened up and literally asked to be sponsored back to school,” wrote Corporal Ngare on Tuesday.
“Already, Maxifacta Rescue Centre in Ongata Rongai has offered to take her in as we look for a long term solution. Kenyans let’s rescue this Young Mom and her baby boy, who knows of tomorrow?” he added.
The hospital’s administrator said she is more concerned with the girl being able to return to school and giving herself a second chance at life.
“She said she want’s to return to Form Two and start a fresh with education. She can’s return home because her mother does menial jobs to feed her six other siblings, she is the first born,” Ms Esther told Nairobi News.
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