An artist will always live to be an artist, even moments of grieve are made and expressed in art. Joe Makeni, art director and photographer who runs Frontlite Photography, had no otherwise but to share photos of moments leading up to his wife Njeri Riitho’s death just a couple of days to the celebrated lovers’ day, valentine.
Joe Makeni, Civil Engineer Turned Photographer, has been celebrated by many for his creativity and courage to share the photos so as to encourage someone out there who tends to give during the diffucult momemts in life never to give up. With or without your loved one besides you, life has to go on.
His wife Njeri Riitho, succumbed to hypocalcemia, few days after she gave birth. May her soul rest in peace.
Below are the photos and captions Joe Makeni shared on his social media pages.
On this day @njeririitho was unable to walk and so we went to hospital to get it checked out. Actually she couldn’t control any of her limbs. She met this stranger who shared a name with her and she had so much compassion for her because she had an ectopic. She encouraged her and they even ended up exchanging numbers 20th Jan 2016 4:44pm The next day we went to Kijabe for admission
I am not one to post personal stuff online but I feel like sharing so Njeri’s last days can be an encouragement to someone out there. @njeririitho in hospital just a day after the evaluation. We were so broken having lost the baby just two days prior but as always she was hiding behind a smile. PS: I did the make up with instruction from @saitonne and @ngamau_ . Thank you so much Wangeci and Saitone for going out of your way
After 3 days in Kijabe we came back to a hospital in Nairobi. She was sick but she was always so full of joy. Many of us always went home more encouraged by her. 27/01/16 5:55pm
A photo posted by Joe Makeni (@joemakeni) on Feb 8, 2016 at 11:58pm PST
Making gang signs all the way ? hypocalcemia for what? I was taking all this photos so I can later show her how close she came to death when she gets better. I guess she got too close
A photo posted by Joe Makeni (@joemakeni) on Feb 9, 2016 at 8:35am PST
Doctors and nurses make a spirited attempt to save Njeri’s life. There was no shortage of talent. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many doctors attend to one person. This was during intonation and I remember Dr. Rachel Hagler telling Joy and I “This is the part where you pray” before the procedure started. I am particularly thankful to Dr. Rachel for preparing me every step of the way. She told me about the grim possibility if death even before I thought of it myself. Thank you for making all those phone calls to make sure Njeri got a bed in the ICU. Thank you for your courage and faith. For being human. For fighting for her life to the very end. For letting me see her before she passed on. You encouraged me.
I stared at this monitor for like 30 mins hopping to see the blood pressure shoot up. It was at 49/20 for the longest time. That’s the end of that story. Now to pick up the pieces and soldier on. Good bye Njeri. You’ll always be in my heart
A photo posted by Joe Makeni (@joemakeni) on Feb 10, 2016 at 10:45am PST
Below is a video interview of Joe Makeni posted on Youtube by Sautiblog