Soap eating sisters diagnosed with severe iron deficiency


Doctors at the Oak Tree Hospital in Eldoret have diagnosed two sisters from Nandi County who have a rare appetite for soap with severe iron deficiency.

The two sisters, Sharon Chepchirchir and Lydia Chepkemboi, are said to have undergone a series of tests and it was established they had acute low iron levels.

The health facility’s lead consultant Dr Mathew Koech, said they are still conducting more tests on the siblings, as reported by The Standard. “Our analysis is revealing there is severe iron deficiency in the siblings’ bodies and our next step is to find out how their bodies are unable to absorb iron despite their normal eating habits,” he said. “Their body organs including the kidneys and liver have not been affected,” he added.

DAccording to the doctor, 17-year-old Chepkemboi exhibited out of proportion’ low iron levels in the blood adding that the blood samples have been taken to South Africa for more analysis. “The results from South Africa will inform us if the soap eating disorder is linked to genetics or it is just a craving,” he added.