Confused with sorrow, Judy Maina walked for hours, seeking directions to her own house. Her grief was too deep for anyone to reach and uproot, and she could not take it anymore. This is her heart rending story of pain, anger and loneliness
- Her story
The scent of a soap she once used..- A place they went together… a dress she adored… a spot she often sat at… just anything that reminded Judy, even remotely, of her daughter Diana Njeri, brings back tears of pain. Today is no different. For the two hours I’ve been chatting with her, Judy’s tears have freely flown down her face as she attempts to reveal her inner feelings in words. This is the first time she is talking about her grief
Diana’s life did not start with the blessings other children enjoy,Judy says reflectively. When she told him about the pregnancy, her boyfriend of four years denied responsibility. She called the relationship off and henceforth considered herself a single mother-to-be.
I was physically, emotionally and financially ready for Diana,she says. It was with that optimism that she faced a caesarean delivery and lonely, near depressing post partum period. The bond between mother and daughter grew stronger by the day, with Judy ensuring she spent as much time as she possibly could with her baby
In the third month of Diana’s life, doctors diagnosed her with rickets, a disease that is mainly associated with lack of vitamin D! Rickets affects the developing skeletal system of children as a result of the body’s inability to absorb calcium and phosphate, causing the bones to become soft, weak, and deformed.
Actually, it is for this reason I wanted to share my story with other parents,Judy says, wiping off her tears from her puffy eyes. Doctors said her baby did not get enough sunshine in her earlier months and that is why she lacked vitamin D.
Looking back, I regret having confined her in the house too much.
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