A 28-year-old Kenyan man Joe Mudikiza wants doctors to help him die through Euthanasia after a long battle with sickle cell.

Euthanasia is the practice of ending the life of a patient to bring to an end their suffering. The patient in question would typically be terminally sick or experiencing great pain and suffering.

“I come from a family of 5 siblings am the second born, am the only one who has sickle cell anaemia,” Joe said in an interview with Nation Media..

Sickle cell anaemia is a condition in which the number of red blood cells or the haemoglobin concentration within them is lower than normal, it occurs when there isn’t enough haemoglobin in the body to carry oxygen to the other organs and tissues.

He further says that when he was young, he asked his mother why he was on medication, but his mother told him that he was a special kid. Once he joined high school that’s when he was told that he had sickle cell anaemia.”I was out of school most of the time due to this condition, everybody was avoiding me whenever I had pain, and rumors were circulating around the school that I am a devil worshipper,” Joe added.

He was a teacher of English literature but due to his condition he quit, he could not stand for longer hours due to his condition.

“My condition worsened last year April,” he added. He only has one solution to end his pain, “Euthanasia” and has been considering doing this procedure for the past 5 months.

The procedure is not legal in Kenya forcing him to seek it overseas in Belgium.  He was required to fill various forms and attach doctors’ reports that have been treating him to show the validity of his case.

“I have already submitted everything that is required and am only waiting for the visa,”

Kenya’s comedian Mannerson Oduor Ochieng popularly known as Akuku Danger is also suffering from the same condition and was recently admitted in hospital.

“These past few weeks God has really come through for me. Sickle cell is a monster. One minute you are going about your business and working hard and the next minute you are fighting for your life in the hospital,” Akuku danger said.

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