Father of 17 pleads for help as life pushes him to the edge

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    Video by Faith Kutere Michael Karanja, 63, has 17 children. It was during the birth of his last-born child that he lost his wife. That was 10 years ago. In honour of his departed wife, Karanja, a resident of Pioneer estate in Eldoret Town, decided to raise his children as a single parent. And he has had his fair share of struggles. He is now sickly and jobless but the burden of fending for the extended family weighs heavily on him. Karanja lost his wife Beatrice Waithiegeni seven hours after delivering their last-born daughter in 2011. He bitterly recounts the fateful day like it was yesterday. His wife developed complications minutes after delivering at dawn in their tiny house. Several years later, he wishes she had delivered in a hospital. “It was on August 1, 2011, at around 4am when she gave birth. Immediately she started complaining of pain in her abdomen. I had to rush her to Pioneer Sub-district Hospital,” he told The Standard. Kenya's No.1 channel for digital exclusive videos. AUTHORITATIVE. BOLD. ENTERTAINING.