I never knew Kevin Ombajo.
I just followed his story intently on the Kenyan news scene. His story moved me and I regularly followed his progress report at Nairobi hospital.
He was the CEO of a leading events organizing company, True Blaq and had a beautiful wife and daughter.
In early 2010, he discovered he had a brain tumor after experiencing tremors, seizures and a pulmonary embolism.
He has been battling this brain tumor since 2010 and passed away at 8pm on 29th July 2017. This Saturday.
I am not sure about the number of surgeries he had to try to remove the tumour. I think more than 13. (Update: 8 surgeries to try to remove 14 tumors)
In December 2016, he lost his sight after a surgery in India.
Kevin’s journey has not been an easy comfortable ride. He went through things like experiencing full blown seizures, body paralysis, migraines. He got blood clots in his lung. He went through excrutiating pain and horrible side effects after each surgery.
Kevin was however a valiant fighter who trusted in God and was an inspiration to many.
I wish I had met him. Everyone literally had a good thing to say about him. His friends are sharing wonderful messages on Facebook and my friends who knew him are really affected by his loss.
His faith in God.
Everyone knew how Kevin’s faith never faltered despite all his circumstances. People don’t get it. They think your faith in God should ebb depending on your circumstances. They don’t understand that it is your faith in God that keeps you afloat despite the circumstances you face.
How may people have the strength and will power to go back to surgery to remove a brain tumor more than 5 times? Kevin has been described as almost super human but the secret of that tenacity and perseverance can be found in his belief in God.
At the same time, please realise God is still a good God despite his death. Many of us want a God who will only perform miracles, will instantaneously heal you in your sleep, who will give you a rich husband and spare you the agony of waiting for one. But I’ve learnt not to put God in a box. He can do all the above things and still make you experience very difficult things. I don’t recognize God only in the good times. He is the God of the hills and valleys.
Get to know HIM and not just seek Him to get the things in his hand. (halleluyah, glory;-)
This was an incredible man, who I did not know, but somehow affected me. I am writing this article to honor him and to send big hugs to his wife and family and his friends who are also my friends.
Call to Kenyans
I feel Kevin’s life was not in vain and it should be a lesson for all of us.
1st When you die, is social media going to come to a standstill? Will people say good things about you? Did you leave their lives a little better?
Let’s try to touch as many peoples lives as we can positively.
Let’s stop merely taking up space on earth and only focusing on me, me, me.
In a March 2017 interview, Oprah said your legacy is every life you touched. Start counting how many lives you will touch from today.
2nd. I think we should really start investigating this God thing. It has worked for me as well. Nothing sinks me. Things used to sink me before I got serious with God.
Maybe his life is an invitation to get to know this God who gives normal weak people superhuman strength.
Finally Kevin’s friends have set up a Paybill number to offset his pending medical bills. I saw something on Facebook that said it was 8 million shillings. I personally think the health system in Kenya is the hugest catastrophe of the century. For a family to have to think about a patients decline and be stressed by the thought of paying a massive bill like 15 million shillings is basically inhuman. Who even has that? What about the common mwananchi who can’t hold such fundraisers?
In the meantime, please help his family finish his medical bill and give him a good send off.