, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – Dealeryn Saisi Wasike, the toddler rescued from the collapsed building in Huruma four days after the incident was Saturday morning released to her father from the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).
The baby was hospitalised two weeks ago and had been receiving treatment following the tragedy which claimed her mother.
According to the Designated Incident Commander Pius Masai, the baby is in good health and the hospital bill which amounted to Sh30,000 was settled by Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko.
“This baby was discharged from the Kenyatta National Hospital following the disaster of the building collapse. She has been undergoing treatment,” Masai stated.
Masai explained that Dealeryn had no major injuries and she has been fully treated.
“She did not have any other fractures apart from the bruises which you can see here. The doctors have tested her and she is freed from any other injuries and therefore she has been discharged,” he said.
Following her release, Dealeryn was taken on a shopping spree paid for by Sonko before going with her father, Ralson Saisi Wasike, to her grandmother’s house in Huruma.
“When I was told that the baby had been discharged, I approached Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and he accepted to take care of the bills of the baby and he has paid about Sh30,000,” Ralson said. “At the same time, he has provided transport for the baby and her father to their home, but from here, they are going to do some shopping for her.”
Ralson expressed his joy at being formally united with his daughter and explained that he will now be looking for accommodation to enable them start a new life.
“I am filled with great joy because my daughter has been out of my arms for a long time. There are those people who never made it alive and I want to thank God for helping my daughter through this ordeal. She is here and I am very happy,” he stated.
“I want to thank the Disaster Management team, the Kenya Red Cross Society and the government for all their hard work in ensuring that I at least come out with one of my family members. This is indeed a good day for me and I really want to express my thanks and appreciation.”
Dealeryn was found dehydrated but without visible physical injuries 80 hours after the seven-storey block collapsed during heavy rains, killing 51 people.
Her mother was found dead a distance away from her.
Following the completion of the rescue operation on the building, the search and rescue mission was shifted to the Nairobi River where Masai stated that no bodies were found.
He further pointed out that of all the people injured, only five remain hospitalised at the Kenyatta National Hospital.