Life support

Harambee Stars player’s plight on life support attracts worldwide attention

Tevin Obiga is a name that might not ring a bell for many sports fans, but his recent spell has caught people’s attention globally.

Obiga, a 25-year-old Kenyan footballer, was hospitalized in Winnipeg, Canada, after doctors diagnosed him with blastomycosis – a fungal infection that affects the lungs.

Fearing the worst, his mother, Lilian Ndiego, applied for a temporary single-entry visa in order to visit her son on life support. However, his applications were repeatedly rejected.

Tevin Obiga, before flying to Canada to pursue post-secondary studies at the University of Manitoba

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According to a report by Radio Canada News, Obiga is on life support at St. Boniface Hospital.

“I was disappointed because they informed me that most Kenyans who go to Canada don’t come back,” Ndiego said.

Obiga’s plight caught the world’s attention after her story was published in international media.

Winnipeg MP Terry Duguid wrote a letter to the Canadian High Commission in Kenya, urging them to allow Ndiego to visit his son. He noted that since Ndiego’s family is back in Kenya, they would not extend their stay after visiting their son.

In addition, the Kenyan High Commission in Ottawa wrote a letter to its counterpart in Nairobi to allow Obiga’s mother to travel to Canada.

The uproar led to Ndiego’s visa application being granted.

“I’m excited and very grateful. I can’t wait to see my son and give him moral support. All I can think is my son is going to be out of ICU. He’s going to be up,” she said News radio.

Obiga had traveled to Canada to pursue his studies in computer engineering at the University of Manitoba. However, he fell ill and was admitted to hospital on January 13, 2022.

After the doctors operated on him, his condition began to deteriorate. Owen Mooney, the doctor in charge of the operation, noted that Obiga is on “the maximum amount of life support a patient can receive”.

Obiga played for the national team in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last year.

Players of Harambee Stars celebrate during their Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifying match against Ethiopia at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on October 14, 2018.

Players of Harambee Stars celebrate during their Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifying match against Ethiopia at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on October 14, 2018.

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