Uhuru pays Ksh.3.5M medical bill for Ethan Macharia after emotional letter


Ethan Macharia, the five year-old boy who penned an emotional letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta asking for financial support to undergo medical treatment in India, has finally received help from the president.

The boy and his mother had asked President Kenyatta and other well wishers to help them raise Ksh.3.5 million required for him to undergo a Vagus Nerve Simulator surgery at the Forties Hospital India.

Kenya’s Ambassador to India Willy Bett on Friday revealed that President Kenyatta has paid the bill and the boy will be undergoing the surgery as scheduled.

“No words can explain my emotions right now and no words can express my gratitude to the President for his kind gesture. The last 16 months have been nothing but emotional turmoil for us and we are glad that with this surgery, Ethan will be able to lead a normal life like he was before and become who he wants to be,’’ said Ethan’s mother Veronica Njeri.

Ethan is said to have fallen in November 2018 from a flight of stairs while playing, sustaining serious head injuries.

According to doctors in India, the VNS surgery is extremely important for Ethan as the seizures are unable to be controlled even with multiple drugs.