- Patrick Kibe joined Kijabe Hospital as a cleaner to earn a living and he was promoted to a storekeeper six months later
- While working in the store, Kibe carried out his tasks painstakingly and the doctors spotted his passion and urged him to join Kijabe School of Nursing
- The eye surgeon then climbed the educational ladder by attending various medical schools in East Africa
- He is the head of the diabetic and optic department in the facility and according to the medical institution the doctor believes nothing can limit anyone in becoming what he wants to be
Patrick Kibe's journey will leave you believing in the power of resilience, hard work and passion and it can be traced back to 1990 when he thought he was destined to become a pastor.
He packed his bags, set off to join a Bible school in Kijabe but his desire to be a man of the cloth was thwarted by unavoidable circumstances, forcing him to take up a cleaning job at Kijabe Hospital in quest to make ends meet.
According to information shared on the hospital's Facebook page, Kibe's role in the facility was to clean Wairegi and Salome wards which, unbeknownst to him, years later would flock with patients waiting for him to treat them .
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The eye specialist was promoted to be a storekeeper in the hospital six months after becoming a cleaner, owing to his diligence and hard work.
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As a storekeeper, his job was to safeguard medicines and other gadgets for the health facility.
"The hospital one day received aid from an international organisation, and when new stuff was brought in, I meticulously arranged the things using codes and when I presented my report of the merchandise, it matched with the one from the international sponsor," he told Citizen TV.
This is when doctors in the hospital spotted his passion and urged him to join Kijabe School of Nursing in 1993 for his Kenya Registered Community Health Nurse education.
Upon completion of his studies, the hospital sent him to Kajiado where he single-handedly ran a dispensary and this marked the beginning of a promising career.
The surgeon decided to join a school in Kikuyu which specialized in optical studies.
"It was about that time that Kijabe hospital upgraded to offering diploma course from certificate and I requested the management for a chance to open a department dealing with diabetic cases," he narrated.
Kibe's passion and curiosity drove him to various medical schools in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.
He eventually graduated with a specialization in eye surgery from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Clinic.
The doctor went back to Kijabe Hospital and started an optical department and paired it with the diabetes section.
He now performs eye procedures and treats diabetic conditions at the very hospital he once worked as a cleaner.
The medical institution said the optician believes nothing is impossible.
"There is no limit to what you want to be," said the doctor.
In a similar story, when hard work, determination and resilience are put into good use, every dream no matter how big, becomes possible.
This is clearly reflected in the story of a Nigerian man identified as Adamu Garba. According to a Facebook page, Life In Arewa, he used to be a security guard at the Federal University in Wukari. He however, got into school, graduated and was recently made a lecturer in the department of sociology.
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