A mother and her daughter narrowly escaped death after a container fell off a trailer and crushed their car in Syokimau, Machakos County.
Rima Gichoga, the woman who survived the road crash on Saturday with her 2-year-old daughter on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway said, “Were it not for my daughter, we would be dead today.”
After her sick baby girl refused to eat anything all morning, Rima decided to take her child into the car and headed out to look for something she could eat to regain her strength.
Noticing her baby was getting a little to fussy, Rima parked her car on a service lane off the highway, at the Syokimau junction, so she could check on her. “She usually cries a lot, and when that happens she starts throwing up so I parked the car to check up on her. And then I saw the container as it started to tip over, I didn’t even think about it, I just grabbed the child and fell out onto the side of the car,” she said.
She added, “On looking, I saw the container on top of the car, and my legs were still inside.” Luckily, a taxi driver nearby recognized Rima and immediately helped her up and rushed her to the hospital.
“I was in shock and was given medicine to calm me while she was given painkillers. I think I lay on top of her when we fell out of the vehicle onto the tarmac,” she said.
Rima who has an older son revealed she had decided to leave him at home that fateful morning, a decision she is very grateful to God she made. “We left him behind because when I leave with him he usually says I’m wasting his play time. If we had all gone then we would have died because I wouldn’t have known whom to save,” she said.
She added, “I don’t know why God spared me, but I know there’s a reason. I can’t let someone else go through what I went through.” Rima believes God has a greater purpose for her on earth.
“My baby saved me by giving me the strength to move because I wanted her to live. I keep on saying heaven is missing an angel and they sent her to me.” Rima said.