My name is Idah Kaari Riungu and I live in Meru, Kenya. I have asked my daughter, Pamela Cummings, to create this fund for me because I have a very big problem. I recently lost my husband to cancer after we battled that disease together. I then lost my father-in-law and both of my parents. And now I face the challenge of my life as I have been diagnosed with a heart condition called mitral valve regurgitation. I must get a pacemaker installed in order to stabilize the problem. Further surgery including valve repair or replacement may then be needed. In Nairobi, Kenya, the pacemaker device alone costs $15,000 USD so possibly $30,000 USD or more will be needed for surgery, hospital and doctor costs.
I have four adult children and six young grandchildren who depend on me. I devoted my life to teaching children at my local elementary/primary school, leading in my church and raising my children and grandchildren. I am no longer able to teach students, raise grandchildren or tend to my garden with my heart problem.
It is my wish that I was not in this situation. Although I would prefer not to ask for help, I must ask so that the urgently needed surgery occurs before my heart fails. I am looking to raise $30,000 for through GoFundMe so that I can get back to my normal life which the pacemaker promises.
I thank you for your kind thoughts, warm prayers and financial support.
With All My Heart, Idah
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