Leopards fan recuperates after near-tragic road accident

Well-wishers on Tuesday continued lining up to support an ardent supporter of Kenyan Premier League team AFC Leopards whose hand has been amputated following a near-tragic road accident along Nairobi – Mombasa highway at the weekend.

Rose Otiato, who is attached to the club’s Amani Woodley Branch in Nairobi, suffered serious injuries on her right hand after the bus she and other supporters were travelling in rolled many times in Mtito Andei at dawn on Saturday.

The supporters were travelling to Mombasa to cheer their team in a league match against Bandari at Mbaraki Sports ground in Mombasa.

Following the accident, Otiato and the injured fans were rushed to St Joseph Centre of Hope Hospital in Voi, where she underwent treatment. Her badly injured hand was amputated.

Others in the bus sustained minor injuries and were treated at the same facility and later discharged.

Otiato’s medical bills, meanwhile, had accrued to Sh250,000 by Tuesday evening, forcing the club treasurer Oliver Imbenzi to organise an impromptu fundraiser where aspiring senators Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi) and Stanley Livondo (Kakamega) each donated Sh50,000 and Sh70,000 respectively, while the club’s fans have raised Sh57,000 to meet part of the medical bill.

“I am still in pain and want to thank everyone for all the support,” Otiato, who was due to be transferred to Nairobi for specialised treatment Tuesday evening, told Nation Sport on phone.

Livondo has urged football fans and matatu drivers to maintain discipline on the road.

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