A form one learner identified as Rooney Rolex of Ringa Boys’ High School died with a CT scan showing he had a swollen forehead and a cut at the back of his head.
The CT scan further shows blood clots at three different points on the head.
The family insists Rooney Rolex’s untimely death was not natural and should the school had informed them early, he would be alive today.
On the day of being admitted to Ringa Boys’ High School in Kasipul-Kabondo Constituency, Oyugis Town, Homa Bay County, he was hit on the head by a blunt metal which was being used to erect the tent. He immediately lost consciousness.
The school did not communicate this incident to the family. They continued keeping the boy in school for nearly two weeks. The family only received the news of his illness (not explained) on Thursday evening and he died 24 hours later at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi (KNH).
Before he was transferred to KNH, a doctor who reviewed him insisted that Rooney had been hit on the head by a blunt object. He even demanded the school’s contact and called them for further details but nothing was forthcoming.
According to a witness who is a parent with a learner in the same institution and was admitting a son on that day, heavy wedge-like metal at the edge of one of the tents which was blown by wind fell on the boy’s head and he even lost consciousness.
The school kept this information a secret and also continued to keep Rooney Rolex in school for the next one and a half weeks. In fact, they did not call the family; it is Rooney who secretly called and informed them that Thursday that he was very sick.
His mother left Nairobi for Oyugis immediately. When she arrived at the school she was denied a chance to see her son the matron asked who gave her the information that Rooney had. An argument ensured.
Until his death at KHN, Rooney had not been tested for anything besides the CT scan. He was also not tested for acute Myeloid Leukemia.
A section of the staff from the school is said to have travelled to Nairobi yesterday and visited KNH.