A boy who was begging for money on the streets of Thika, Kenya, was so overcome with emotion when he encountered a woman in need of life-saving surgery that he decided to help.
John Thuo approached the front passenger window of the car Gladys Kamande was seated inside. She was also asking for money, Nairobi News reports. That’s when he saw she was on oxygen, and found out that she was driving around asking for money to pay for her $68,000 lung reconstruction surgery.
Thuo gave Kamande his day’s earnings — around $1.
“I was in a car in Thika together with friends trying to create awareness on my condition, to get well-wishers to help me with the amount of money needed for my surgery. And that is when the boy came to our car asking for money,” Kamande said. “He then saw me and started getting emotional, sympathizing with my condition. He cried a lot and proceeded to give me the money he had been able to collect from his begging … so that I can go to [the] hospital and get better.”
Kamande’s health deteriorated after a growth in her stomach was detected and she had to have 12 surgeries. She lost her eyesight and her lungs collapsed, which meant she needed to have an oxygen tank with her at all times. Her poor health caused her husband to leave her and their daughter.
Thuo did not want to leave Kamande’s side and asked if he could go home with her to help with chores. She took him to a children’s home in Thika and said that she would come back for him when she was well.
Kamande and Thuo’s story was shared on social media by a passerby who snapped a picture of the pair, and through a Kenyan fundraising site, more than $28,000 was raised to help pay for her treatment, Inspire More reports.
Also, with the help of Kamande, Thuo is off the streets and plans are being made to get him into school. He said he is happy to attend as long as Kamande, whom he now considers to be his mother, isn’t far away from the school.
Sources: Nairobi News, Inspire More / Photo credit: Nairobi News, Facebook via Inspire More