Diba Matacho who sat KCSE exams while on oxygen support and scored B-. PHOTO/COURTESY

By Shukri Osman

Marsabit student who sat for his KCSE from a hospital bed where he was receiving treatment for lung complications has scored a B- (minus).

The 23-year-old Diba Matacho was admitted at Marsabit Referral Hospital for nearly six years that saw him fail to sit for his examination for five consecutive years only to do it last year.

His family had last year appealed to well-wishers to help them purchase a portable oxygen concentrator so he could be discharged from the hospital.

According to medics, Mr Matacho cannot survive for more than 10 minutes without an artificial supply of oxygen.

Mr Matacho who hails from Hula Hula village in Marsabit Central Sub-County, developed chronic tuberculosis that collapsed his lungs forcing him to entirely depend on oxygen therapy to survive.

He was referred to several hospitals including Meru’s Kiirua Mission Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital and Nairobi Women’s Hospital both in Nairobi for specialized treatment.

He would later be put on treatment that cost his family more than Sh50, 000 every month but slightly reduced his oxygen dependency from 24hours to eight hours a day.

His medication drained the family financially forcing his readmission to Marsabit Referral Hospital where he was put on oxygen.

He last year registered for the KCSE examination as a private student.

Marsabit County first lady came to his aid in December 2022 and bought him a portable oxygen concentrator reinstating his hopes for going on with his life.

It was a new start for the young man who is now determined to proceed to the University and eventually help his parents out of poverty.


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