Cancer survivor, 17, hopeful of sitting KSCE exam


A Form IV candidate in Embu County risks missing his KCSE exams after his leg was amputated during treatment for bone cancer.

Maxmillian Munene, a 17-year-old student at St Barnabas Kathari school, in Runyenjes Sub County whose right leg was amputated last week, has not been to school for months, and with the KCSE examinations set to begin on November 7, he is forced to revise alone at home.

According to his father, his problems started in April this year when he started experiencing pain on his right leg, which they thought had developed from an injury he sustained in school.

“The disease started as a small wound. He had been in and out of hospital and after several tests doctors confirmed that he had bone cancer.”

Maxwell’s mother told Citizen Digital that since his leg was amputated, the family had been forced to sell property worth Ksh.800,000 to cover his medical expenses.

“We had to use our title deed as security so that our son could be discharged from hospital to join the rest of the students in revision,” said the mother.

She added that if the son were to sit the KCSE examinations, he would be forced to walk on crutches for over 10 kilometers.

St Barnabas Kathari School Principal Robert Mwaniki Wachira said the school has been on the forefront in assisting him to catch up with the rest of the students while still at home.

Written by Lucy Akinyi

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