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Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has come to the rescue of an ailing woman from Bungoma County, offering to help her seek treatment for a rare condition.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has pledged to help an ailing woman from Bungoma County after her struggles with a strange sickness was aired on the media.

The woman since identified as Beatrice Makokha, developed a growth on her face, and she has struggled to breathe and see as a result.

Sonko issued a statement assuring Beatrice that he would help her seek treatment in India.

"I’m appealing to the Star to help Beatrice open a fund for her medical assistance so that myself and other well-wishers contribute funds to ensure she gets proper medical attention," Sonko stated.

File image of Beatrice Makokha. |Courtesy| Facebook|

Beatrice's plight touched many, with other politicians drawn into the need to help her seek medical assistance.

Soy Member of Parliament Caleb Kositany urged that a paybill be set up to enable leaders and members of the public alike contribute to her cause.

Beatrice had explained that her condition started in January 2000. At the time, it started off as a pain above the right eye. It later developed into a growth that covered the face.

“It felt like my eye was being stabbed with a knife, and I just couldn’t stop rubbing it. The rubbing would slowly get intense and vigorous until my eye turned red," Beatrice narrated.

She then resorted to the Kitale Referral Hospital.

A scan by doctors indicated that there was no problem with her head or eye and prescribed painkillers for a perceived migraine.

The swelling worsened and this time around she was referred to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.

"I was not able to go because I did not have the money. So, I sought services at a private hospital where I was diagnosed with a rare condition," she explained.

She has appealed to well wishers to help her get treatment.

“I have difficulties in breathing. I can only breathe through one nostril. At night, I sleep on the right side because on the left side of the swelling makes breathing worse.”

File image of former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko. |Photo| Courtesy|