Skip to comments.Woman Finds Childhood Friend On Streets Addicted To Drugs, Transforms Him So Much (Kenya)
Posted on 02/26/2018 9:01:52 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
Kenyans have been moved by the story of Patrick Hinga, a man who was completely lost, homeless and drug-addicted, until a chance meeting with a former classmate, Wanja Mwaura, kicked off a major transformation...
Patrick had endured problems with addiction for years ...and...began a downward spiral, with his mother at her wits end trying to help him, eventually taking him to a mental hospital in an attempt to curb his habit. He ran away and was re-admitted several times. He complained a lot and said all they did was give him medication and treat him like a mental patient and yet he was not mentally ill and that is why he kept running away, Patricks mother, Nancy said.
Patrick showed no signs of recovery...he ran away...and...began to roam the streets of Nairobi, dishevelled and out of control, getting drugs wherever he could. His mother [brought] him food. We were always a spectacle; people would call each other to come and stare, laugh and point at us as we ate. I was known as Mama wa wazimu (the madmans mother).
...one day...Patrick met his old schoolmate Wanja. ...Patrick expressed his desire to get off the streets and start a new life. Wanja checked him into a rehab centre, and found donations for Patricks treatment through social media. She was also able to give Patrick something to focus on after his recovery, helping him start his own business...
Patricks transformation, after detoxing from drugs at the rehab centre and cleaning himself up, is incredible. He is grateful for the second chance at life that Wanja has helped him find. I feel like I am a new man, he told Daily Nation. I pray daily, asking God to deliver me so that I am not pulled back to that life of drugs.
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Patrick and Wanja before:
Patrick and Wanja after:
Amazing. You simply cannot ask for a better friend than that.
He made it through to the other side though because he was done. He saw it was a dead end. He wanted to quit. That’s the necessary starting point.
My BIL became an alcoholic and lost many friends on his downward spiral. Two long-time friends were true to him to the very end and their devotion continues, even after my BIL passed away.
Was he on the street because he was kicked out of the White House?
Exactly right. For every success story like this, there are thousands of sad endings.
Incredible, God bless!
He’s a bit of a fixer-upper.
Also a bit of a joker. Check our the left hand in the “after” photo. It’s the “circle game.” My kids play it at school and we have A LOT of photos of them with the darned circle in it. They’re getting pretty good at hiding it though.
The transformation is from ‘mad man’ to ‘Man.’ To exit that life is a gift from God.
I believe she had met the ‘man’ and it is the vision of him that led her to seek him in the ‘mad man.’ But, even that would have required divine intervention.
I will pray for his continued recovery.