A 24 year old man in Mombasa is offering to give one of his kidneys to anyone willing to exchange it with his sister’s university fees.
Collins Owino Obuond, the third born in a family of five, works as a guard with one security firm in the city, and told Baraka FM that he was willing to go to that length to help his only sister pursue higher education as she seemed the family’s only beacon of hope.
“She scored a B- in KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) and was invited to study tourism and hotel management at Moi University in Eldoret, but our family cannot afford her fees,” Owino told Baraka FM in an exclusive interview.
He said his elder brothers were jobless, his mother sick and jobless as well, and that he was the only one earning ‘a little’ living which was insufficient to cater even for his own family.
“My kidney is the only valuable asset I have to use to help my sister. Anybody who needs one can get it so long as they commit in writing and pay my sister’s fees. I don’t even want to be given the cash, it can be paid directly to the university,” Owino said.
Her sister, 19 year old Roselyn Akinyi is the second last born, Owino said, adding that she was the only one in the family who had attained the secondary school level of education.
“I love my sister very much and especially her determination to succeed in life and it pains me to see her long for higher education which we can’t afford. I know if she succeeds she will lift up our entire family.”
Challenged on the dangers of giving out his kidney, Owino said it did not matter the price he would pay to have Akinyi further her education.
“If I die in the process, I will have helped at least two people, my sister and the recipient of my kidney, and that to me is worth the sacrifice,” said Owino.
Kidney problems are a near common occurrence where patients get donations from willing family or friends, and in rare cases buy them from willing donors at high amounts.
“It is not my wish to give away my kidney, and I am not selling it. I simply want to exchange it for my sister’s education. It’s the least I can do for her.”