On Sunday, Media Personality Betty Kyallo threw her daughter Ivanna, a small quarantine birthday Party. She was turning 6 years old.
Close family members attended the party, including Ivanna’s dad Dennis Okari.
The event took place on Sunday although Ivanna’s birthday is on Monday. Betty said this was because she did not want to hold the party during a weekday.
While talking about her daughter’s big day on YouTube, Betty broke down into tears.
She recalled how Ivanna had been admitted in Nairobi Hospital for four months in 2019, from February to mid-June.
She was about to turn 5 years old when she was finally discharged from hospital.
“I remember last year, at a time like this, my baby was so sick. She was in ICU for one and a half months. I was losing her. The things that my baby went through were just horrible. Every day since then I’m always just praying for her,” the outspoken journalist said.
Betty always looked at Ivanna’s bed after coming from hospital and always wondered whether Ivanna would ever come back to her bed.
“It’s supposed to be a happy day but these memories are just so fresh. I thank God so much because he saved my baby. Right now Ivanna is doing so well,” the Weekend with Betty host said.
She advised parents with sick children to have faith in God and believe.
“Hang in there, sometimes you have to be strong for your kids,” she said.
Late last year, Betty revealed how tough 2019 had been to her and her family members after Ivanna was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition known as ADEM (Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis).
“What this means is that one day my beautiful four-year old daughter stopped walking, soon stopped talking and soon stopped eating. She was so drowsy she couldn’t keep her eyes open. Thereafter she went into a deep coma that she had to be taken to ICU and put on life support for a whole month,” wrote Betty.
Betty later thanked doctors and everyone else who helped in Ivanna’s recovery and in offsetting hospital bills amounting to Ksh7 million.
“As a mother, this was my lowest time. I was crushed every day seeing my daughter wasting away and couldn’t do anything. I always feared going to the ward or ICU because I wasn’t sure what function she would lose the next day or hour,” the mother of one said.