- Dickson Yego has been battling multiple sclerosis, a condition in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves
- The condition has left the 26-year-old Maseno University commerce student confined in a wheelchair
- Before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Yego had been previously diagnosed with a different disease
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A university student has appealed to Kenyans for medical support after it emerged that his promising career is in limbo.
For over four years now, Dickson Yego has been battling multiple sclerosis, a condition in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves.
Leading cause of progressive disability
A leading cause of progressive disability in young adults, the condition has left the 26-year-old Maseno University commerce student confined in a wheelchair.
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“It started as a headache after that; I was paralysed from the neck to the legs. I have been in and out of hospitals for a long time. I have been in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for six months,” Yego from Kamagut in Uasin Gishu county told TUKO.co.ke in an interview.
Before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Yego had been previously diagnosed with a different disease, and after each passing day, his health deteriorated, the hospital became his second home.
“At the moment, I have to be supported to do everything. My treatment has become a big challenge due to the pandemic and the finances. The whole bill is KSh 5 million yet we have only managed to pay KSh 2 million,” he explained.
Third-year university student
At the time of his diagnosis, Yego was a third-year student at the university.
“All those I was with in school have since graduated and in fact most of them are working but I have not lost hope.,” he explained.
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The cost of medical finances remains a nightmare for the family as it has exhausted all its financial avenues.
The family now depends on well-wishers to help keep them alive, and it is still asking for more help to help Yego realise his dream of graduating from the university and getting a stable job.
“We managed to pay KSh 3 million from the KSh 5 million bill but we have a land title deed I borrowed from my brother and deposited at the hospital as collateral for the balance. I don’t have a job, I have to depend on well-wishers for help,” Loise Tum, Yego’s mother, told TUKO.co.ke.
Medical expert advice on the condition
Dr Kinoti Ndege, a neurosurgeon, said multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease that affects the brain and the entire central nervous system.
“It is a disorder which affects the brain and the spinal code which are the main structures of the central nervous system,” Kinoti said.
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He highlighted its symptoms like loss of body balance, numbness, poor vision etc.
Ndege said that the condition is prevalent in the female gender and starts at young adulthood.
The medic advised patients with the condition to get the COVID-19 vaccination jab.
To reach Dickson Yego, kindly contact his mother, Loice Tum, through 0723974171 or 0727655247
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