The girl’s mother Caroline Adhiambo recounted the agony of raising an anaemic daughter and the heartbreaking moments of Awour(daughter) sitting for KCSE while bedridden.
“Raising an anaemic child is not easy. There are occasions when I would cry seeing her suffer, but I still trusted that God would see her through the exam period. My daughter is exceptional because despite the pain she was going through, she still insisted on sitting for her exams,” Awuor’s mother said.
Awuor said that she was determined to excel in KCSE even though she got sick while sitting for the exams.
“I was determined to do my best in the exams and even though I fell ill midway through the exams. I resolved to fight on despite the pain I was going through. My teachers and parents have been supportive and throughout the exam period, they gave me all the help I needed,” Awuor said.
“I want to pursue medicine at the university and I hope someday I can help the world find a permanent cure for sickle cell because I experience the pain first-hand,” she added.
Uasin Gishu High School principal Mercy Juma lauded Awuor’s determination and hard work. She stated that the school was willing to go all the way to help one of their brightest students who they frequently called Kenya 1.
Awuor scored 404 marks when she sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE). She secured admission at Kolanya Girls High school but because of her medical condition, her parents opted to take her to Uasin Gishu High School – a mixed-day school.