Five children with cerebral palsy from The Dear Foundation school of disabled children in Masinga have benefited from surgery at the M.P Shah hospital in Nairobi.
The team of surgeons who operated on the children was led by Dr.Taral Nagada from India assisted by Dr.M.Y Modi and Dr.Neeraj Krishna from the hospital. The Nairobi based Jain Social Group has been collaborating with the M.P Shah hospital to help the children from the foundation in Masinga sub-County since 2016.
The DEAR Foundation director Hon Dr Bishop Robert Mutemi expressed gratitude that five children from the foundation had undergone a successful surgery.
He said that if proper measures are taken, the treatment is meant to restore, maintain and make the most of a patient’s mobility, function and well-being. The Centre has staff including physiotherapists who live with children all through to ensure they get the best services. Physiotherapy helps through physical rehabilitation, injury prevention, and health and fitness.
The Foundation strives to keep up with the most up-to-date knowledge and teachings in all fields of development as well as helping the disabled to register with the National Council of People with Disabilities (NCPWD).
Three of the five parents whose children had undergone surgery were extremely happy. They urged parents to bring their disabled children to the Centre instead of hiding them at home.
Monica Wairimu who had traveled all the way from Nakuru had her son Ian Njuguna, operated successfully and according to her, the boy has greatly improved.
Another parent Faith Koki, mother to Hellen Katii diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy appreciated the good work done by the foundation amid sobs. She could not believe that her daughter would make it from the theater.
Susan Makau, grandmother to baby Makau Mwikali also spoke to the press. She thanked the foundation for taking good care of her daughter’s son. Susan said that her daughter felt uneasy after giving birth to a disabled child but the mother rushed to the rescue of the baby and took full custody. However, the foundation has helped her raise the child in the school which has greatly improved him.
The foundation is also constructing friendly toilets to the disabled children as well as a chapel for prayers.
The management at the foundation is looking forward to producing their own food through a gardener named Elijah Vundi whereby they are optimistic that once the right measures are taken, life will be easier. Vundi helps in chicken rearing and shamba preparation as well as other farm related duties.