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Wangari Maathai Last Moments

Wangari Maathai Last Moments

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The last moments of Wangari Maathai
The last moments of Wangari Maathai

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Published by: 2436 on Oct 03, 2011
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 From a series of sources, a consultant medical doctor who has worked for thehospital for more than three years, a resident medic and a hospitaladministrator all told the same narrative of her courageous last moments, in astory that best captures the reality of a lady who in all terms was larger thanlife and who throughout her breath sacrificed herself for the comfort of humanity.
Her last sacrifice, was so as to ensure her family did not suffer pain and lived inrelative comfort, long after she was gone.Wangari was driven to her last hospital admission at Nairobi Hospital and sheexplained her diagnosis to doctors at the facility. Her consition had reached what our sources call Metastic level
that is had spread beyond the Ovary to other criticalbody organs including the liver and was spreading fast.Complaining of abdominal swelling, pain and abnormal bleeding, a weak but stillfocused Nobel Peace Prize winner was admitted to Pioneer ward
a ward next toboth the High Dependency Unit (HDU) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).Note she chooses not to get the pleasures of the North Wing like most of herprivileged class would do. Former President DSaniel moi, Prime Minister RailaOdinga,President Mwai Kibaki, Makadara MP Michael Mbuvi
‘Sonko’ and other
s havealways enjoyed the Five Star medical treatment available in the North Wing
Wangari’s argument “there are no five star patients and still wanted the companyoffered by a ward”
 Upon various medical tests the doctors came back with options for herconsideration, one Surgery
however that would mean doing away with several of her organs a list of which we choose not to publish for privacy reasons.Of course any such action would be followed by Chemotherapy and from her Cancerblood test - which docto
rs called “CA 125” it was clear any surgery would require a
chemotherapy session every week.
Even then, “such treatment is only effective and sufficient 
for malignant tumors that are well-differentiated and confined to the ovary.
” Her condition had even t 
“the spleen and the lungs.”
Being Wangari Maathai she asked, “so after the surgery what will be my quality of life…” the doctors had no certain answer, “it depends on how your body reacts,” and
went ahead to explain how different people reacted to similar conditions.
“How long does it gurantee I will live?” Maathai asked doctors, taking them offguard,one of them explained, “I was a little shocked because normally patients ask that before quality of life”
“Well it guarantees an extension of life to about 6 months to five years,” explained
the medics.
“What if I don’t go that route of Chemotherapy and surgery?” Maathai posed.
“Well it will spread very fast and will arrest your key organs and that may causedeath,” The Doctors explained hoping to g
et her reconsider the path she was nowtaking.
“Well instead of spending the rest of my six or five years postponing death and
spending money and resources that would make my family happy, let me surrender
to the creator,” two sources quoted Maathai sayin
g.Attempts to make the option of surgery and chemotherapy failed with doctors evenleaving her for a day to reconsider her decision.Finally as per institutional policy the Hos
pital was forced to ask the hard questions, “
when it spreads to the rest of your organs it may cause cardiac arrest 
(Read Heart  Attack)
can we install a cardiac warning bell?”
“For what purpose is such a bell?” she once again posed, “Well” tone of the heHospital Administrators who attended explained, “
to help us resuscitate you in case
something happens and probably rush you to HDU or ICU for attention”
 Wangari Maathai, our sources explain, sat up her pillow and with a firm but friendly
(sic) look said, “if that happens, let it happen, don’t intervene.”
“Why,” they almost unprofessionally reacted, and she respond, “because life is not about me only, its about many other people and I am still strong.”
 As required by policy, they then asked her to tell her family to sign the DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) forms clearing the hospital of any responsibility should the eventualityhappen.
Again, she said she would put pen to paper, “without subjecting anyone to thedecision about her” –
a painful decision she made shortly after 4pm, jus two days
before she died”
 She spent her life sacrificing, First her life for the environmental safety of Kenyansplacing her life in danger, second stripping to save detained Kenyans from hands of dictatorship, on her last breath her sacrifice was to her family and in burial, by

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