The entire evacuation drained her family Ksh20 million, where Ksh16 million paid for her medical expenses, while the other Ksh4 million stood for air tickets and other expenses.
However, despite all those costly journeys, Ms. Cherop was never healed. Seven years down from her diagnosis, Tophill hospital in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County saved her life as narrated by the Standard.
After the surgery conducted locally, Ms. Cherop is slowly getting back to normal. She can now perform household chores such as cooking and cleaning.
Her father Seargeant Biwott is grateful that her daughter was saved locally, although many people trust abroad treatments for certain health issues.
The family had been warned beforehand about the dangers that the surgery posed. It could lead to death, blindness, loss of speech and conscience, or even paralysis.
"It is a miracle that our daughter sailed through the operation. And she was able to see and recognize us and even speak minutes after she came from the theatre," Cherop's mother Ms. Lydia told the Standard.
Cherop herself is grateful that God fought to save her life. She remains hopeful that she will lead a normal life just like her peers.
The six-hour neurosurgery really changed Ms. Cherop's life. Initially, medics had diagnosed her with what was speculated to be meningitis. Further medical examinations later revealed that she was suffering from an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM).
The medical expert at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) explained that the AVM was deep-seated on the right brain side, causing huge clotting and rupture.
Although the open-heart surgery conducted in Kenya was the riskiest, medics managed to remove the AVM leading to Ms. Cherop's healing.
As told by medics, AVMs can affect any part of the body. Although the condition is so rare only affecting less than 1% of the total population.
Genetics and chromosomal disorders are highly thought to be the cause, although not all cases. The treatment is reportedly so costly.
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