• Every time I see a call from home, my heart sinks. I always fear that they're ringing to say that my grandmother has died.

Larry Madowo
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CNN journalist Larry Madowo is a worried man as his grandmother is battling for her life in hospital. 

In an analysis on CNN Madowo says that COVID-19 has ravaged his family, breaking his heart into pieces. 

"Every time I see a call from home, my heart sinks. I always fear that they're ringing to say that my grandmother has died. She has been on a ventilator for four weeks and my anxiety is near breaking point. The dreaded call could come at any time: Covid-19," Larry Madowo shared. 

The celebrated journalist blames the ailment of his grandma on lack of early COVID-19 vaccination. 

“By the time my grandmother got vaccinated by local officials it was already too late as she had been infected by Covid-19,” he said. 

Before his grandmother was infected, Madowo uncle had succumbed to the virus. 

"I had just finished filming at a crammed ICU treating critical Covid-19 patients in Uganda's capital of Kampala last month when I learned that my uncle Justus had himself died of the virus across the border in Kenya. I was heartbroken and angry," he shared. 

His uncle, Justus was the third member of his family to succumb to the virus. 

The celebrated journalist is disturbed by the fact that he was not able to bid his uncle goodbye. 

“Justus was buried within 48 hours as the Kenyan government requires. He was the third family member who had died in the pandemic that I didn't get a chance to mourn properly or see laid to rest.”

He blames the lack of adequate vaccines in Kenya for the death of his kin and the current health condition of his grandmother. 

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