Harambee Stars head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee has spoken out after undergoing specialized surgery in India.
Speaking on Radio Jambo via phone from India, Mulee said he traveled to the Asian nation to donate a kidney to his ailing elder brother but doctors established the ailment could be treated without the need of a transplant.
“My brother had a kidney problem and he needed a transplant. We organized on getting the visa and cleared by the Kenyan government. We came to India but after the doctor analyzed my brother’s kidney, he said there is no need to change it and promised to help him. I was so happy,” Mulee said.
While there, Mulee decided to undergo a full-body health check-up and it was discovered he had a potentially life-threatening condition.
An examination of his mouth revealed he had obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. Its symptoms include snoring loudly and feeling tired even after a long sleep.
Doctors at Apollo Hospital in New Delhi advised him to undergo surgery immediately.
“The doctor told me I should thank God I am alive as I was prone to a stroke and could have died. Sleep apnea can cause diabetes, cancer. I was advised to go for surgery immediately,” he said.
During the operation, a growth was removed from his throat.
“It was a successful surgery and my advice to people who snore at night, people should go for a checkup. They should not ignore it.”
Mulee is among Kenyans stranded in India after the government suspended passenger flights to and from the Asian country for two weeks over COVID-19 fears. He hopes to fly back to the country next week.