Popular fitness trainer Jane Mukami has lost her brother Stephen Githehu.
Mukami who is popularly known as Fit Kenyan girl took to Facebook to pay an emotional tribute to her 28-year old brother. Githehu had served in the American Military and according to Mukami, life was never the same for him post-service. According to Mukami, her brother had to contend with a slow department of Veteran Affairs-which is charged with looking at the welfare of veterans-and no help was forthcoming until Githehu decided to take his own life.
In her facebook timeline, Jane wrote:
“My heart bleeds with sadness, but I’m more angry than sad. My brother committed suicide a few hours ago…he was 28 years old Ex-US military. I’m angry because ever since we discovered he had possible ptsd/psychological issues we reached out on numerous occasions to the VA, Cobb County police, Cobb County Court system, The Kenyan Embassy in DC, The US Embassy in Nairobi…everyone we possibly could asking for help. We needed their help because Stephen cut the family off the last 12 months and refused to communicate with us…he lived in total isolation and constantly texted about killing himself. I showed these texts to the police as I begged them to help us by checking him into rehab or do anything that would help get him back on track…all I got back was
“Sorry ma’am unless he does something drastic, there is nothing we can do”
“He is an adult we cannot force him”
“Unless he takes himself to get help we cannot be of help”
1 thing i know for sure is that had we found a way of getting my brother back to Kenya, he would still be alive. So now I ask America, Was him committing suicide drastic enough for you? I no longer have a brother, mom Mary Kingatua and Eddy no longer have a son, and all because laws + the system didn’t ‘allow’ us to step in and help. Rest In Peace Mitu…I’m sorry we failed you.”