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Terminally ill cancer patient gets his final wish

A terminally ill 23-year-old who was diagnosed with Osteogenic sarcoma (cancer of the bone) has been granted his lifelong wish.

Abdiaziz Aden, a resident of the sprawling Korogocho who was given three months to live by doctors, now has a chance to go on a Hajj (Islamic pilgrimage) in Mecca, Saudia Arabia.

Mr Aden traveled to India last month to seek medical treatment for cancer but doctors said his condition could not be treated.

After getting the devastating news from his hospital bed in India, through Facebook, Aden expressed his desire to go on a Hajj.

On Monday, August 29, from his hospital bed in India, he appealed to Kenyans to grant him his final wish to attend the Islamic pilgrimage.

Terminally ill cancer of the bone patient 23-year-old Abdiaziz Aden. PHOTO | COURTESY
Terminally ill cancer patient 23-year-old Abdiaziz Aden (centre) inspects a guard honour mounted by Koch Scouts after returning from India where he had gone to seek specialized treatment. PHOTO | COURTESY


Kenyans on social media duly responded by raising money for him to get a visa for the journey.

Aden traveled to Mombasa on Saturday morning where he will connect his flight for Hajj on Monday, September 5, for the holy pilgrimage.

Aden’s health problems began four years ago when he fell and hurt his knee while trying to board a matatu.

The wound on his leg was not treated properly and was later amputated after doctors at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) found out that he had bone cancer.

After the amputation he was discharged but after a few months later he learnt that the cancer had spread to the rest of his body.

On Friday after returning from India Mr Aden was given a guard of honor mounted by Koch Scouts in honor of this local hero from Korogocho.