Toddler born without limbs in Njoro
Angel sent from heaven
Emily Njenga a nurse at Njoro Health Centre holds five-week-old baby Gerald Ndung’u who was born without both legs and the right hand
Close your eyes and imagine trying to live life without both limbs. Put it another way, imagine a baby giggling excitedly but, like others almost his age, cannot rub his mother’s dress with his feet nor hold her mummy’s breast as he suckles. Five-month-old Gerald Ndung’u was born on May 29 in Njoro without an arm and legs. His mother is still devastated.
After weeks of counselling thanks to Njoro Health Centre nurse Emily Njenga, who has taken custody of Gerald, she is yet to completely come to terms with the fact that her little bundle of joy is missing one arm and both legs. Njenga says the baby’s mother visited the health facility with labour pains but was in perfect shape. Although they admitted her and were ready to take her through what they have been trained to do, they, were not prepared for what they were about to see.
We admitted her and after examination, she gave birth to a baby boy a few hours later. However, the baby had no arm and legs, a condition we have never experienced here before,” said Njenga. Although Gerald has one hand, his case evokes memories of Nicholas James, an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker, who was born with Tetra-Amelia, a rare disorder characterised by the absence of all four limbs.
“The baby is the first born of a Form Four student in a local secondary school and she cried uncontrollably. She was very distressed and in pain, but I encouraged her to accept and love the boy because it was the will of God,” said the nurse. The mother’s sister tells us they have kept the condition of the baby a secret for fear of ridicule. In the meantime, Njenga is appealing to wellwishers to help buy the baby a wheelchair. Although still devastated, the young mother is ready to go back to school so that she can support the baby Gerald in future.