Despite battle with cancer, girl excels in KCSE, hopes to become a doctor — By STANLEY KIMUGE on The Nation Kenya

Sheila Jeruto Kipkemboi of University of Eldoret High School in Uasin Gishu County celebrates with a neighbour at their home in Kimumu Estate

Sheila Jeruto Kipkemboi of University of Eldoret High School in Uasin Gishu County celebrates with a neighbour at their home in Kimumu Estate, Eldoret, on December 30, 2016. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

In Summary
  • Jeruto, who scored 395 marks in KCPE examination, says the diagnosis did not kill her dream of becoming a doctor.
  • She says she had to stay out of school for one year while undergoing chemotherapy at the Aga Khan University Hospital.
  • She stayed in the intensive care unit for 11 days until the situation stabilised and was taken to Aga Khan in Nairobi.

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“I want to be a doctor because in the one year I spent in hospital, I could feel and see the suffering that cancer patients go through. It is really traumatising, you feel like you want to die but my doctors kept encouraging me. … I want to really thank them,” she says.

To those who find themselves in a similar situation, “No one should ever give up. It requires a lot of positive energy. It is not the end of the world. When you give up, your world will crumble,” she said. 

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