The Kenyan Street Boy Who Prayed For Woman Surviving On Oxygen Tanks, Gets Adopted

John Thuo was just a boy who relied on alms from strangers to get by.

The young Kenyan boy was just about his business when he met Gladys Kimande in a car with her relatives. The boy got curious and wanted to know why she had a couple of equipment around her.

He learnt of the woman’s health condition and broke down uncontrollably. As he cried he found it in his heart to pray for the woman. Not only did he cry and pray for her, he also handed her all the money he had gotten for the day to support her treatment.

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The immeasurable compassion of this young child pierced the hearts of many as the incident was liked and shared in thousands over the internet.

John Thuo’s pure heart without a doubt contributed to the massive response that Gladys Kimande got. In a matter of days, Kenyans raised over KSh7 million for her lung reconstructive surgery.


As described in his Facebook account, Ndungu Nyoro, a Facebook Goodwill Ambassador at Huduma Centre, narrated his private interview with the young man.

“So who’s Thuo? He’s a young man, a son of David Njoroge and (late Mary Nyambura). They were three children. His parents had not so good marriage and his violent dad could always kick his mum out when drunk.”

“He moved to street life. His grandmother chased him and his siblings because apparently she was taking care of 6 other children from her other daughter who was deceased too. He says the six cousins were being mistreated even by their uncles.”

“I asked him why he decided to give the only money he had in his pocket. He told me he opted to give because even him if he suffered the same, others would support him. He told me his dad is still alive but he remarried yet he doesn’t know where he stays.”

Ndungu Nyoro

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Fate did not leave Thuo unrewarded for his empathy, kindness and compassion.

At the request of Gladys Kimande, John was taken in by a children’s home on the day they met in the street.

Later Nyoro further revealed that John Thuo had another good news. Ndungu says that the young boy now has a sponsor who will take up the cost of his primary and high school education.

Nissy Wambugu is the woman who has adopted John Thuo, the boy with the human heart we wish could go round for everyone.

The young boy, who is beginning to wear smiles on his face, says he has always wanted to go to school but does not want to be far from “mum”(Gladys Kimande).