Beatrice Makokha at her home; before the surgery.
Beatrice Makokha at her home; before the surgery to remove the cyst.

A Kenyan lady who has been living with an abnormal growth on the forehead for the last 24 years can now breath easy. Beatrice Makokha, a resident of Kamusinde in Kimilili Sub County, on Monday had a successful surgery to remove the troublesome growth.

A Multi-Disciplinary Team at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) has successfully removed the huge cystic growth on the right side of the face; covering eye frontal bone, ethmoid and frontal sinus. According to the doctors, the growth had 3 litres of dermoid fluid but the brain had not been affected.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko had offered to assist Beatrice get medication in India.

“I have come across the story of Beatrice Makokha who is suffering from a face growth that is making her struggle to breath. I have been touched by the plight of Beatrice and my team is ready to assist her with medical aid so that she can undergo surgery in India.” Sonko had written on his Twitter account some few days ago.

“My family and I start with a contribution of Sh 300,000 plus two return air tickets and visa charges for Beatrice and one family member. I’m once again appealing to anyone willing to contribute the little they can to rescue the life of Beatrice,” Sonko added.

After Social media outcry Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati, last week, had Beatrice picked from her home and was admitted at the Bungoma County Referral Hospital for preliminary investigations. She was later referred to MTRH for specialist treatment.

Bungoma Governor Wangamati (centre) picks Mama Beatrice Makokha from her Kamusinde home in Kimilili Sub County and for medication at Bungoma County Referral Hospital.
Bungoma Governor Wangamati (centre) picks Mama Beatrice Makokha from her Kamusinde home in Kimilili Sub County and takes her for medication at Bungoma County Referral Hospital.

According to her, the growth started as a headache that lasted for eight months before developing into a pimple that eventually morphed into a tumour on her forehead.

Beatrice after being admitted at MTRH. Photo Courtesy.
Beatrice after being admitted at MTRH. Photo Courtesy.

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On Thursday 8th April, 2021 Beatrice was transferred and admitted at MTRH. Upon her arrival, the hospital constituted a multi-disciplinary team attend to her. They did a couple of blood tests including Full Blood Count, Group and Crossmatch and a Head CT scan using our state-of-the art 128 slice CT scan. Her SARS-Cov-2 PCR test was negative. She was consequently scheduled for a multi-disciplinary surgery which was done on Monday 12/04/2021.

Beatrice Makokha after successful surgery at MTRH. Photo courtesy of MTRH.
Beatrice Makokha after successful surgery at MTRH. Photo courtesy of MTRH.

She will continue getting medical attention at the hospital until she heals completely.

“MTRH will keep treating her until she heals and will be discharged home perhaps after a week or upon satisfactory Hospital recuperation.” Reads a statement from the hospital.

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