- A 39-year-old former nurse has told of the struggles she and her children have faced since she went blind
- Mariam Wanzala went blind after she had to have a brain tumour removed
- Not only did she lose her sight, but her husband and the father of her children also left her
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Mariam Wanzala, a mother of two from Kenya, has been left inconsolable after her husband left her to raise her children alone.
The 39-year-old nurse was once lively and active before a deadly tumour robbed her of her sight and reduced her to moving around using a cane.
Briefly.co.za learned that he lady used to be a nurse in Eldoret before discovering she had a life-threatening brain tumour that needed to be removed urgently, Citizen TV reported.
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Mariam went through her first operation in 2014 with hopes she would recuperate and go back to living her life but everything went south shortly after the procedure.
“I was born normal and was not blind when growing up. I had a scan which showed I had a brain tumour. I was then told I needed to undergo an operation,” the mother of two said.
After developing complications, Mariam learnt she had free fluid in her head and needed to be operated on again.
By that time, she had lost her sight and was fighting for her life. Despite all this, the dedicated mom did not lose hope.
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The lady whose past seven years have been harrowing had to stop working as she was still unwell and blind.
Her husband left after learning Mariam was never going to regain her sight.
“He told me to take my youngest child, pick a cup and start begging in the streets so I could be helped,” Mariam said.
The 39-year-old walked from one hospital to another hoping maybe a doctor would manage to return her eyesight but money was an issue.
She returned to her ancestral homee to live with her mother.
Her 60-year-old mom Khadija Wanzala took up the challenge and care for Mariam and her two kids without complaining or fussing.
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