A week after Peninah Bahati Kitsao received aid to save her children from dying of hunger, the widow from Kisauni, Mombasa County, has lost her last-born child.
Ms. Kitsao’s four-month-old baby, Mary Kaingu, died on Thursday morning after having a fever for three days.
“She developed a fever that saw her admitted on Monday,” Ms. Kitsao’s firstborn Saumu Kaingu said.
“She was to be discharged on Wednesday as she had improved, only to die today,” the 24-year-old said.
The family immediately made arrangements to collect the body from Coast General Hospital, where the child was treated, for the burial.
Ms. Kitsao, whose husband was killed by a criminal gang a few months ago, has been struggling to find food for her children since then.
Her situation worsened as the Covid-19 pandemic meant she could no longer find the menial jobs she relied on to fend for her family.
A few days ago, the media highlighted her predicament of boiling stones to make it seem to her children that she was preparing a meal for them as she had nothing.
She then received monetary and food donations from the Kenya Red Cross Society, Mombasa County, and other well-wishers.
A tearful Ms. Kitsao thanked the well-wishers and promised to use the money and donations to improve her family’s living standards.
“I am lost for words. I am grateful for this help. Surely I couldn’t have received this kind of help without God, who made it possible for the media to highlight my plight. I now have enough food for my children,” she said while holding Mary in her arms when the well-wishers visited her at the time.
“God has heard my prayer and I am forever grateful. I will use every coin to improve their living conditions and educate them.”