Mercy Waithera. [Photo: courtesy]

Mercy Waithera’s face, eyes and ears were scarred, her jaws stuck together when a kerosene stove blew up on her face. Now she counts on well-wishers to assist her undergo reconstructive surgery.

To eat she forces food into the mouth through a gaping between her teeth and drink using a straw. She says plastic surgery will cost about Sh2 million.

Her life turned upside down on October 8, 2016 night when she lit stove and then attempted to refill it but it exploded, burnt her severely she spent two weeks in coma and 18 months in hospital bed.  The mother of five hails from Githiri Village, Gatanga.

Mercy Waithera before and after the fire tragedy.

“I wanted to warm water but forgot to put the fire out while adding more paraffin. It burst on my face. I was rushed to Mama Lucy Hospital then to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) where I was put in Intensive Care Unit for two months” says Waithera.

She was moved to general ward where she stayed from October 2016 to April last year. She has been attending clinics and was scheduled for plastic surgery on July 2018 at KNH but it was not conducted because her mouth cannot open.

Below is a three-minute video of Waithera explaining how the tragedy struck.

“Doctors were unable to put tube into my mouth. I went for Ears, Nose and Throat clinic there and at dental clinic they did a CT scan but said they did not identify problem with my mouth. KNH promised to call back but up-to-date they haven’t” Waithera says.

She sought help from The Nairobi Hospital where scan established her jaws merged. She needed correction of her teeth at a cost of Sh100, 000. She is requesting well-wishers to help her raise the Sh2 million to undergo the surgery that can bring her smile back.

Waithera can be reached on +254 705 051 006 for more inquiries.

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Acc. Name: Mercy Waithera Evans


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