Justice for Ebbie
The mother of 15-year-old Ebbie Noelle is crying for help after the sudden death of her daughter who was in Gatanga CCM high school. The mum was called with news that her daughter was sick and that she should go to the hospital where she had been rushed.
“My 15-year-old daughter, Ebbie Noelle Samuels, just recently joined Form 1 at Gatanga CCM school. On Saturday 9th March, at 7:47 am, I was called by the principal of the school, Ms.Veronica Wanjiku Mwangi, with the news that my daughter was unwell and I should rush to Naidu Hospital in Thika and that I shouldn’t go alone. I left for Thika, accompanied by my friend, but on the way, I decided to call my cousin to check on the situation before I got there, since she lives in Thika.”
So in her mind, she knew her daughter was still alive. However, after arrival, she found the lifeless body of her daughter lying there in the hospital. She did not understand what was happening. She needed answers.
“On arriving at the school at about 9:35 am, I found my daughter’s lifeless, ice cold, body with a swollen tummy. She also had foam in her nostrils. On inquiring to know what had happened, the principal told me that my daughter had gone to sleep the previous night, but failed to wake up in the morning.”
She went on to add that my daughter had run a cross-country the previous day, finishing among the first 10, out of 900 girls. Later on, she ate dinner, went for evening preps, then did her laundry before saying goodnight to all 1st Form students from 3 dorms and going to bed. When she failed to wake up the following morning, her dorm mates alerted the matron, who came and found her to be unresponsive.”
They contradicted themselves because the Principal said that the matron called the DEputy principal with the news and the deputy instructed them to change Ebbie’s clothes and take her to the hospital. At the time she was unresponsive. However, the hospital report states that she was pronounced dead at arrival.
The Principal of Gatanga CCM says that the matron called the Deputy Principal at 7:05 am, who then issued instructions to have my daughter’s clothes changed and then taken to the hospital. The hospital note indicates that they received a dead body, meaning she had been dead all along. I made plans to move her body to Nairobi and then proceeded back to the school. I met the Deputy Principal and asked her what had happened and she quickly replied, “It’s what the principal told you” and then she left. We met the Principal and asked her if we could see where my daughter slept, but she refused, saying we would cause anxiety to the students. We then asked her to allow us to take her belongings, which she allowed us to do after we insisted. We collected her stuff and left.
Among the things we collected was a bucket of wet clothes, which the Principal had said were clean clothes, yet they were mixed with dirty ones. This, even after the Principal, Ms Veronica, had earlier said that my daughter had washed her clothes and hung them on the lines.
Now here’s the twist, The school claims that Ebbie went to sleep as usual but failed to wake up but the autopsy says something different. Apparently, she died from a head injury. She was hit with a blunt object on the head which caused bleeding in her brain.
3 different autopsies conducted by the government pathologist, the school’s pathologist and an independent one, hired by the family, have all proven that my daughter died from a head injury inflicted by a blunt object. She bled at the vertex of her brain on the left side and right side. Why is the school giving scant information? What is the Principal, Ms Veronica, hiding? How is it that our daughters can’t be safe even within a school compound? Who hit my daughter on Friday night and left her for dead at the school dorm?
The mother just wants answers. She wants to know who hit her daughter causing her sudden death. She wants justice for Ebbie.
Please help me get justice for my daughter.