The 18 year-old from Kajiado with a tumor on her mouth has passed on while undergoing treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital.
Doctors at KNH pronounced her death at 11am on Sunday after she fought her rare disease for close to two years after arriving in the country after treatment abroad.
Muansia Lenjoye was admitted to Kenyatta National Hospital about three weeks ago after KNU reported her medical condition.
Her father John Lenjoye told KNU her daughter’s condition deteriorated one week ago when she failed to consume food.
He said the pipe that was fitted in her through her mouth had started producing a foul smell and doctors assured him that all was well.
Kajiado County Commissioner Harsama Kello was the first public officer to send in his condolences to the bereaved family of the Lenjoye.
The tumor that had occupied about 11cm of the girls’ face, according to her doctors, was rapidly growing before her demise.
Earlier on a KNH surgeon, Edwin Rono had told the Star that Lenjoye’s health had improved “in certain aspects”, but that as it stood they were racing against time.
She was attended to by pathologists, ENT specialists and other experts from other departments.
The specialists also put a central line and feeding tube through her stomach to enable her feed and breath well.
“The rapid growth of the tumor gives us the indication that it may before long block her airways,” Rono had said.
A CT scan showed that her tumor was extensive and had deformed half of her face making it hard for her to eat.
She underwent an operation at Muhimbili Hospital in Tanzania through the help of a well wisher.
The girl was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma – a type of cancer made up of cells that develop into skeletal muscles.
“The paper work given to us by her mother showed that she was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma,” Rono said.
“However, we have to be very careful and hesitant not to take everything at face value.”
A chest x-ray, neck and abdomen ultrasound done at Kenyatta also showed the tumor had not spread to other body parts.
Muansia has been living with the tumor for the past one year.