Solai heroine who saved 30 children from death
SEE ALSO :Solai dam victims to get homesLecheila clinic, where Waruguru works as an administrator, is located about 200 metres from Nyakinyua village that was swept by raging waters after the dam burst. She is the founder of Lecheila Africa, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that runs the clinic. Waruguru recalls how at around 7.30pm she heard a bang, and thought it was floods, but there was no rain within the area. The sound was followed by cries from residents. Two doctors who were at the clinic ran for safety, leaving Waruguru alone at the private facility. She recalled how she picked a one-month-old baby boy who was unconscious as the mother was swept by waters as they fled to safety.
SEE ALSO :Solai school pupils beat adversity"The baby was brought by a police officer in a vehicle. Inside the vehicle was the baby's mother who had lost consciousness after being swept away by waters. I was touched, and decided to put my best skills to save the boy," she recalled. After cleaning the baby, she wrapped him in a blanket, and to her relief the infant burped. "I cleaned the baby whose body was cold, and placed it on my chest. I was the happiest woman when he breathed again," said Waruguru, who attended the service. She told The Standard that she stayed at the facility the whole night and served at least 20 children and more than 10 adults. She cleaned She recounted how she cleaned the children who were having difficulty breathing and whose bodies were covered in mud. "The night was a struggle, I did not sleep, I received tens of casualties whom I served singlehandedly, but later, locals and doctors joined in," she said. Ms Waruguru said though the disaster had left many of her neighbours devastated, she was happy to have helped during rescue efforts through the clinic, which was set up four weeks ago. President Kenyatta later spoke to Waruguru in person after the service. "My special tribute goes to Mary Waruguru, an administrator without medical training, who helped save lives," said Kinyanjui. Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said he was touched by Waruguru for saving the life of the one-month-old baby whose mother died with him strapped on her back.