Nairobi Women Representative Esther Pasaris is the latest friend from Kenya to visit cancer warrior Ken Okoth in France where the MP is undergoing treatment.
In the photos that Passaris shared on her Twitter page, Mr Okoth is all smiles together with his wife Monica. He looks stronger and better compared to his previous photos.
She said: Greetings from Hon.
@okothkenneth and his lovely wife Monica. Thank you Mheshimiwa for making time for my visit today. I know you can’t wait to return and get back in the saddle. We are all praying and rooting for you!
Greetings from Hon. @okothkenneth and his lovely wife Monica. Thank you Mheshimiwa for making time for my visit today. I know you can't wait to return and get back in the saddle. We are all praying and rooting for you! pic.twitter.com/4gizf3Rwi2
— Hon. Esther M Passaris (@EstherPassaris) May 19, 2019
The Kibera MP is being treated for Colorectal cancer in Paris and a number of Kenyans have been visiting him.
Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi Wetangula also paid a visit to Ken Okoth in Paris, France.
Mr Wanyonyi posted a photo of the two all smiley and captioned it:
Sometimes we simply need to be there for others. Not to fix anything in particular, but to let them feel cared for and supported. Glad to have brought you some
#Kenyan warmth. By the grace of God you, @okothkenneth, will be back home soon.
In the photo, Ken Okoth was seen soldiering on, putting on a brave face even as he looked more frail than the previous photos he had posted. He had also shed some hair.
Ken Okoth was grateful for the visit, saying he had been feeling homesick and the visit by Mr Wanyonyi cheered up his weekend.
“Thank you my big brother and mentor
@HonTimWanyonyi for dedicating this Easter weekend to cheer me up and keep me company. Was feeling homesick. You brought a sense of home to me with your visit. God bless,” he said on Twitter.
The other time Ken Okoth made a public appearance was at the start of April. He made a public appearance at the sidelines of UNESCO Executive Board meeting at Paris in France.
He took photos with education PS Dr Belio Kipsang and former Labour CS and the current permanent representative to UNESCO Amb Phylis Kandie.
Okoth has been open about his struggles with the disease, posting photos of his progress as well as how brutal cancer is. In an interview with Standard newspaper in February, Okoth said he was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer with metastases to the liver. Colorectal cancer is when cancer develops from both the colon and rectum.
The cancer was picked late, so it cannot be cured, just managed. Okoth said the diagnosis was hard to come by and was for more than a year being treated for ulcers, sometimes bacteria infection and was even put on medicine to manage stress. He was all along experiencing abdominal pains as well as weight loss.
He is now on a long-term treatment and since the cancer was detected in advanced stage, he said the doctor told him he will take medication for the rest of his life, a tablet a day.
He also said getting advanced treatment for cancer in Kenya is not easy and had to seek treatment abroad which is expensive.
“I was given two options where he could seek advanced care for his liver: the US or Europe. I settled for Europe.I could not afford the US because it was too expensive. My wife is from Europe, where the cost is more affordable and I could get a residence permit quickly for the duration of the treatment. Sadly, not everyone is as lucky; we need to make cancer care in Kenya a national priority,” he told The Standard.