Mercy Nzilani is a medical doctor at Kitui County Hospital but her journey to achieving her dreams was dotted with challenges.
Mercy was raised by her grandparents in a remote village in the Yatta sub-county after her mother passed on 1996.
She resolved to become a doctor and save lives after the tragic loss of her mother, who passed on while giving birth to her sibling.
At the age of nine, Mercy was taken in by a children’s home and enrolled in grade three, where her star of becoming a doctor began to shine.
“As young as she was Mercy strongly believed that if there was a doctor available in their village, her mother would be alive,” Mully Children’s family (MCF) stated on Facebook.
Mercy excelled in her KCSE exams allowing her admission the University of Nairobi to pursue a bachelor's degree in medicine.
MCF funded her university education giving her an opportunity to study a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the institution.
“During her studies, she was attached to MCF programs during short holidays and offered valuable services as a volunteer,” MCF added on Facebook.
Mercy graduated as a doctor in 2013 becoming the first female Doctor from Yatta Sub-County.
Responding to the post on Facebook, Mercy appreciated the owners of the children’s home for taking her in and making her dreams come true.
“Thank you Daddy Mully and the entire Mully children's Family for making my dream a reality, for the love and care I have received all these years. may the Almighty God richly reward you and continue to bless the great work you are doing in so many children's lives,” Mercy responded to the Facebook post
Inspired my Mercy, other Kenyans joined in, congratulating the medic for her achievements adding that her story touched them to pursue their dreams.
“Congratulations Mercy. I have known you since we were village mates. God bless you and your brother,” Agnes Kisyoki responded on Facebook.
“All the best as you serve humanity. That is such a beautiful story,” another user Hellen Naitore added.
Another Kenyan serving humanity by saving lives is Ginny Wanjiro, a Kenyan nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in the UK who started a programme that takes care of the appearance of patients from ethnic minority groups in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Wanjiro was inspired to start her initiative by how well her father looked before he passed away in Kenya.