The 38 years old Doreen Adisa Lugaliki who was the first doctor to die of covid-19 was suffering from diabetes without knowing,the family has divulged.
According to the family,the young doctor only came to know of it after she was admitted to the hospital last Monday.
They said that after her admission to The Aga Khan University Hospital,she was diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
DKA is a serious diabetes-related complication characterised by production of excess acids in the blood by the body.
The symptoms may include; confusion ,abdominal pain,Weakness,shortness in breath or rapid breath , dehydration excessive thirst and body weakness.
Others include blurred vision, excess sleepiness, mental confusion, or loss of weight.
Dr.Lugaliki’s family remembered how great a person she was.
She left behind two twin daughters Kyla Ndinda and Kyle Kimilu and now a widower Kituku Kinyae ,whom she wedded way back in 2007.
The twins expressed how perturbed they were by losing their mom to corona in spite of her Saving a lot of lives in her line of duty.
“My mother has saved people’s lives ever since I was born. So the fact that hers was taken away by Covid-19 leaves me in a faze,” the girls wrote.
Her burial will take place on Monday in Bungoma county and is strictly to be attended by 15 people from the family ,in accordance with the government’s directives.
“You were to wear a beautiful white gown, rest at Lee Funeral Home, and have your makeup excellently done. We were to be in no hurry to bury you,” her sister Carol said.
“We were to take at least 10 days before we laid you to rest. We were to mourn you the Maragoli Style, complete with Isukuti …to dance to reggae and preferably get some nice mix from DJ Mo. That is how you were to exit. Not like this. I am sorry Ady.”
When one suffers from DKA ,the rate at which fats are brocken down by the body increases.
The fats are converted to body “fuel” called ketones and this causes excess acidity in the blood,putting the life of the victim at risk.
The family said that after she tested posive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, Lugaliki’s health deteriorated.
She was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but unfortunately the following morning, she passed away following covid-19 related complications.
According to The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Lugaliki was infected by a fellow doctor who had been infected by a patient.
The secretary general ,Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda eulogised her as jovial, hardworking and a team player who contracted the virus in the line of duty.
Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, the late Lugaliki first worked at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital then Nairobi Women’s Hospital and later Aga Khan University Hospital as a gynaecologist consultant.
Upto the time of her death, she was based at the Nairobi South Hospital.
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