As some celebrated their success in jumps and dances, the case was different for Baraka Lister from Nambaya village in Bungoma county who marked her celebration in a hospital bed.

Having bagged herself 409 marks in the recently released KCPE exams, she says she was over joyed after hearing how well she had performed and wished to stand up and jump in excitement but she could not because of her broken leg.

The top scorer was involved in an accident on Sunday 13th March, after writing her final exam. The accident was a head on collision where the boda boda she had boarded with her mother and younger brother collided with an oncoming motorbike.

“We were coming from church with my mother and younger brother when a bodaboda guy hit us,” said Lyster.

she further explains that she could not tell what happened next as she fell unconscious and woke up in a hospital with the doctors conducting an Ex-Ray on her leg.

She sustained a broken left leg that warranted her a two weeks stay in Bungoma county referral hospital where she has been receiving treatment and was discharged on Monday evening.

“My leg was badly broken and operation had to be done and a support splinter stitched on the broken bone for quick healing, the doctors said it was necessary since I could not walk without that process being done,” said Lister.

Baraka Lister being assisted to walk in Bungoma Teaching and Referral Hospital Photo by Juliet Omelo

Her mother had internal bleeding and was referred to St. Luke hospital in Eldoret for further examinations and treatment while her younger brother lost one toe.

Lister has dreams of joining Marry Hill Girls school and later in life pursue medicine at Harvard University.

“I have always dreamt of becoming a doctor so that I can help in research that will help in treating and eradicating some of the health problems facing my county and the world at large,” she went on about her aspirations adding “I’d really love to attend my dream high school at Marry Hill Girls. It has been in my dreams to study there and if God wills I also have dreams of studying medicine at Harvard University,”

Lister noted that were it not been for her broken leg that is so much troubling her at the moment, she would be celebrating with her friends and teachers at school.

Her parents could not hide their joy as well. Her father said that he was really proud of his daughter’s performance as she has always been a top scorer ever since starting school.

Lister did her KCPE at Bungoma DEB primary school that generally did well in this year’s exams. Bungoma DEB is known as the most populated school in Bungoma county.

By Treeza Auma

Treeza Auma is a Digital Content Producer and founder of KTMN She is also Television journalist at Kenya News Agency and Leadership Accelerator at Women in News.

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