A second year Egerton University student has been the talk of the internet after it emerged that she used her HELB to pay for her mother’s hospital bill. 21 year old Mercy Omukuba’s story was highlighted by The Daily Nation on Tuesday morning.
While her colleagues at her age at the university are enjoying life on campus, Mercy’s story is different. The Procurement and Supply Chain Management Studies student at Egerton University Town Campus has seen everything.
She missed her second year second semester exams in August due to fees arrears. She had spent her Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) loan to pay her mother’s medical bill at Nakuru Level Five Hospital. She has since deferred her studies.
She says that she chose her mother’s life over studies. “I will still go back to class and finish my Bachelor’s degree, but my mother needs to come out of hospital first,” says Mercy.
Her mother, Ms Linet Wabuko, 45, has been detained in hospital for four weeks now over Sh35,000 bill.
“In May 2019, my mother complained of recurring headache and rapid heartbeat. She was experiencing heavy menses and I advised her to take enough rest and plenty of water,” Mercy recalls. A month later, her condition had not improved.
“I was in school while mum was in Mpeketoni, Lamu where she worked as a casual labourer. I told her to seek medical assistance,” she added.
Several tests were done on Ms Wabuko but doctors at Mpeketoni Sub-County Hospital could not establish what she was suffering from. Mercy says she invited her mother to Nakuru.
“It was traumatising to see her calling me on phone, and I wanted to be around her and share her pains,” she says.
Kenyans of Good will have come out to her aid with some even promising to get her the Sh 35,000 that she used to settle her mother’s hospital bills.
“Whoever knows Mercy tell her I’ll give her the Sh.35,000 to pay her mother’s hospital bill.“@Benogola posted on Twitter.
“Mr B,I don’t know you but may the good God add more in your sources! I will escort you with 10k as long as you find her or the channels we can direct the funds!” added @RuhiuR on Twitter.