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Today I, once again, have bad news, but this time it isn’t about dead lions. This time it is one of the Guardians; Kapande, from the Lenkiloriti area, is very sick.

This morning, as I do every Sunday, I left camp early to visit all the Guardians, collect forms, and make sure everything is going well for the guys. When I got to Kapande’s boma, I found him there. He was too sick to speak or barely move. His family was very upset and had been looking for a car to take Kapande to the clinic in Mbirikani town. His family and I loaded him onto my motorbike. He was too weak to hold on so his family tied him to me so he wouldn’t fall off.

I drove him to the clinic where they diagnosed him with a severe case of appendicitis. If he doesn’t have surgery soon, he will die. I have come up to camp only briefly to gather some things. I am going back down to Mbirikani town clinic to travel in an ambulance with Kapande up to a Nairobi hospital. Kapande doesn’t speak any Swahili or English so he is going to need someone he knows and trusts to be with him explaining what is going on. We just hope the ambulance can get him to Nairobi quick enough to get the surgery he so desperately needs. I’ll keep you all posted.
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Here is Kapande, at our camp in January, looking at the Guardians’ favorite book

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  • Theresa Siskind St Petersburg FL
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    Antony, our prayers are with Kapande and his family.

  • Dana-Phoenix Arizona
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    Looking at Kapande’s smiling face in the photo and knowing what he going through, I too, send my prayers to Kapande and his family. It’s comforting to know Antony that you will be with him in Nairobi.

  • Bruno
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    I’m also praying for Kapande…

  • sheryl, washington dc
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    What a lovely man and what a lovely friend you are, Antony. I hope Kapande recovers fully and is back with the other Guardians soon.

    Take care,
    s.

  • cathy-california
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    Sending prayers and hoping for the best.

  • Lisa, California
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    Yes Antony, you are a very special friend and Kapande was so lucky you came when you did. Keeping you both and Kapande’s family in my thoughts. Lisa

  • Pam/Shell Beach, CA
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    prayers for Kapande

  • Fiona
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    I’ll be praying for him Antony. Please let him know all our well wishes are sent his way.

  • Christine C.
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    Antony, you are a wonderful friend indeed…best wishes to Kapande, I hope he can get the treatment he needs very soon.

  • Paula
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    Anthony, please let us know if you need any help with the hospital bill. We will see what we can do. Did you talk to Eric today?

  • Theresa Siskind St Petersburg FL
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    Just checking, I’m hoping for the best for Kapande…thank you Antony, you truly are a beautiful person.

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