Gospel musician Denno, fights for child with Cerebral Palsy

Gospel singer Dennis Karanja popularly known as Denno and his friend Judy Ondara are appealing to Kenyans to help Baby Amali who has Cerebral Palsy get support to manage the condition.

Baby Amali is an eight year old and the first daughter to Judy Ondara who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of six months.

Ondara who had to quit her job to support Baby Amali says that she uses Ksh. 18,000 per month for her daughter’s medication.

In an interview with Ghetto Radio, Ondara says that Baby Amali was not born with the disease but it developed when the baby was six months.

She also added that the disease started like a fever and when taken to the hospital she was injected but later returned home and that is when she noticed change in her baby.

“Baby Amali was not born with Cerebral Palsy it happened that she started being sick and I took her to several hospitals with no change. We were forced to take her to a paedetrician and she was given three injections. When we later returned home, I started seeing changes and she started convulsing and stopped crawling,” said Ondara.

Ondara says that Baby Amali is currently seeing Dr Munyi of the Kenyatta National Hospital but is very dependent on medication and therapy.

However she added that they had to stop the therapy session because of the pandemic and also to take care of her daughter.

“Ever since she was sick she has been using medicine. She uses medicines like Epilim, Lamotrigime and Levrotine which cost 18 thousand per month. Before she went for surgery we had to stop the surgery because of lack of funds and I stopped working,” she says

She gives thanks to Jalango for donating them with a wheelchair however the mother says that they need another wheelchair for people with Cerebral Palsy.

Ondara also says Baby Amali has undergone a hip surgery at KIWA KENYA which was funded by the hospital and they are looking for funds to get a back surgery.

“She had hip dislocation and she underwent a leg surgery, we are still looking for funds in order for her to undergo a back surgery,” narrated Ondara.

The mother says that she has passed through a lot of challenged like hiring five house helps in one month and was forced to stop her business and look after her daughter.

“The eight year old child is depending on me on papers, I am also being neglected by my neighbor and my families also don’t come to visit me because they think that the disease will be transmitted to them,” she added

She asked Kenyans to help her raise funds to help her child the back surgery to at least enable her sit on her own.

Gospel Singer Denno also added that the he is fighting for the disabled people like himself get all the help they need to get better.

“I am the voice of people leaving with disability because when they get the help they need I feel better. When I heard about Baby Amali, I decided to use the powers I have to help her get the help she needs,” says Denno.

He is pleading with Kenyans to turn out in numbers and donate to Baby Amali to help with the Back Surgery.

He also added that they will appreciate if anyone with skills would offer to do services and those who can offer to get the medicines that the baby needs.

“I would like to requests Kenyans to turn out in numbers and donate or even offer their services to help the baby,” added Denno.

To help Baby Amali you can send your contributions to Paybill Number 8015989-Judy Ondara or reach the mother through 0721521539.

Story By Emmaline Owuor

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