# Surgery Consultation at Kijabi Hospital
A round trip to the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Beautiful views…but what a road!
One of our new children from Ngaremara needs surgery, so together with Josephine, our housemother, we travelled to Nairobi.
After an early start the day was spent at Kijabi Hospital perched on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, 60 kms North of Nairobi (a round trip of 700 kms for us). Beautiful views…but what a road! We thought we would never get back up the hill – a lot of first gear and potholes. Kijabi is an African Inland Church Mission Hospital recommended by the doctor at Wamba Catholic Mission Hospital as having the appropriate expertise.
The boy, who is 5 years old, was seen at Kijabi by a surgeon from USA who advised that he needs to return for multiple procedures of reconstructive surgery in relation to some malformation, with the first maybe starting in around four weeks. However, there are complications.
We have two requests for prayer: The boy’s mother is not stable and has refused permission for surgery, so we will have to go to the Court for permission. Secondly, the hospital is only partly covered by the National Hospital Insurance Fund which covers all our children, so we will need some financial support.
The young boy has been brilliant, and a pleasure to be with. Last night at dinner he quickly got to grips with John Doherty—a very good friend here in Nairobi (studying reticulated giraffes for a PhD at The Queen’s University of Belfast)—who had joined our table and was amusing him with ‘fly away Peter, fly away Paul, come back Peter’ etc.
Update 20 March: One Northern Ireland girl and her friends have been moved to immediately start fundraising to help cover the surgery costs!added on Mar 11
Pray for Court action to get permission for surgery and for a good outcome to operations for 5 yr old boy.