Gospel singer Kambua-cum-gospel artiste has for the first time talked about an accident that left her with ‘horrible’ scars.
In an interview on Maisha Magic’s Stori Yangu segment, KAMBUA narrated how she was hospitalized for three months after she fell in a basin full of hot water. She was three years old.
Nilichomeka vibaya sana, ilikuwa 3rd degree burns. For three months I was admitted in hospital with third-degree burns. The doctors despaired…there was little hope for me. But God still had a plan for my life. God saved me from the sting of death, and in spite of what the doctors feared, I began my slow but steady journey to recovery.’ she narrated in part.
Due to the damage caused on my skin by the burns, the doctors suggested that my family take me for plastic surgery, but before a decision could be made, the great physician, Jehovah Rapha, continued to restore me. It got to a point where the doctors said there probably would be no use for plastic surgery because it seemed that I was recovering speedily and better than they had expected. I am now alive with only scars to show that I went through the valley of the shadow of death.
Kambua who is known for her beauty explained that it took her long to accept herself after the accident. Her scars made her feel ugly.
Growing up I was very conscious of my scars, and what people thought of them. I worked hard to conceal them and would never expose myself publicly (for instance during swimming). I felt ugly, and always endeavored to protect myself from curious stares.
She then gained courage and became comfortable in her own skin. She was no longer ashamed of her scars even when someone stared at her.
This freed me totally and liberated me from my fears. And though I’m human and sometimes feel a little self-conscious, especially when someone stares at my scars, I remind myself that God, my creator, loves me…scars and all! I also realized that the more comfortable I became in my own skin, the less of a big deal my scars were even in other people’s eyes.
Apart from Kambua, Betty Kyallo has in the past talked about the scars on her neck.
She was hit by a matatu at Railways terminus dislocating her collar bone. She was hospitalized for two months.
For A LONG TIME, EVEN AFTER I WENT ON AIR, I KEPT ON WEARING HIGH COLLARED SHIRTS TO HIDE THE SCAR, UNTIL ONE TIME I WAS LIKE I HAVE COME FROM SO FAR, THIS IS NOT A SCAR, ITS A JEWEL, IT REMINDS ME OF WHERE I’VE COME FROM.