Maryanne’s resilience and determination is unrivalled.
Maryanne’s story is not different from that of Stephen Karau. Her resilience and determination is however unrivaled. She has defied a host of challenges to live to see her fifth birthday as she turned five this year.
Maryanne was born one and half months before time. And only two months into her young life she was separated from her mum who had to leave for Dubai to work. Maryanne had to be left under the care of her grandmother, Grace.
All was well until her family discovered she had cerebral palsy which wasn’t detected during birth.
Her life took a different turn after she was diagnosed with Cerebral palsy and had to be enrolled for therapy at Kiambu General Hospital, the same place where she was born.
Therapy improved Maryanne’s condition but this wasn’t to last long. She left her grandmother’s and went to live with her father. Her growth curve started reversing prompting for a further checkup at Gertrude’s Hospital where the family was strictly instructed to take good care of her as she could lead a normal life if given proper care.
One of the recommendations was to enroll her for school to give her a chance to interact with other children. This never happened; she was instead relocated to Nyahururu to live with another relative. A further checkup at St. Martin’s Hospital in Nyahururu showed Maryanne’s condition had worsened.
The family later learnt that her health deteriorated as Maryanne never got a chance to interact with other children. She spent most of her time locked up in a house alone. There were days she was left unattended in a goat’s shed. Her relocation to Nyahururu reversed all the milestones Maryanne had made. She lost weight, stopped crawling and even stopped talking.
Initially, Maryanne could talk, walk and communicate. She could also pick up objects and her posture was good. All these are now gone and Maryanne is back to the drawing board again.
Currently, Maryanne is under the care of her father and her mother’s younger sister. She has however, been enrolled at Maji Mazuri clinic in Kasarani for therapy.
Maryanne’s grandfather, Kimani feels like she isn’t getting the care she deserves and would like her to get a place at a home where she can get special care. Apart from a wheelchair, Maryanne needs proper therapy to get her back to where she was or even better.