Billionaire Chris Kirubi opened up on how he accidentally discovered he had cancer, a menace he has of late come out strongly to condemn and urge people to get screened early.
In a recent interview with The Star published on Wednesday, September 18, Kirubi recalled the day he was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago.
He narrated how he had had a normal working day characterised by a number of business meetings before retiring to his home in Kitisuru, Nairobi.
However, while resting at home, the tycoon started experiencing fever and called his private doctor who tagged along with a pathologist.
“They took my blood and quickly ran checks only to return to tell me that I was very sick and needed to go with them to the hospital. They rushed me through the emergency section straight to the High Dependency Ward at Nairobi Hospital.
"I’m told my eyes were yellow and my fever was shooting through the roof. From there it was a series of tests for the next few days as they observed my situation," Kirubi narrated.
The 78-year-old was later informed that he had stage two cancer, which was affecting his internal organs including the lungs and kidneys. The doctors also urged him to fly out of the country immediately for treatment.
Kirubi, who has now turned into a cancer crusader went on to fly to Boston, US, where doctors ran further checks and initiated treatment.
“These are some of the best oncologists you can get and I’m lucky that I made it there. What followed was a struggle. It was painful, unsettling and the medication was sometimes very strong.
“I never lost faith and people came to pray for me. With time I began to improve. My body was weak yet I had to continue with the medication. It was not easy,” Kirubi emotionally recalled.
On Monday, September 16, he made a heartfelt appeal to members of the public regarding the casual approach to cancer screening.
In a video shared by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, the tycoon asked his audience to go for cancer screening early enough stressing that, if discovered early, chances of survival would be much higher.
Speaking from experience, Kirubi further noted that the disease was not as devastating as many people think but the catch was to get tested early.
Kirubi is a wealthy and influential entrepreneur with notable investments including Centum Real Estate that owns the Two Rivers Mall.accident fight
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