Dr Leakey dies

Meria

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Dr Richard Leakey, Homo Erectus in Kenya in October,1985.
When he was a boy, he fell off a horse and fractured his skull. A few years later, a puff adder – one of the deadliest snakes in the world – sunk its fangs into his fingers during a translocation gone wrong.
Had it not been for his father Louis Leakey’s swift injection with an anti-venom, Richard shudders to think of what would have happened.
Years later, his kidney malfunctioned and doctors said his time on earth was limited. His brother Philip donated a kidney but his body rejected it. Death loomed, with doctors giving a grim prognosis until his body adjusted; as if by miracle.
Then his liver failed. His friend donated a slice of his own.
Simply put, Leakey has tangoed with death, but his foot is always ahead of the dance.
His most chilling experience is surviving a plane crash in 1993. He lost control of the aircraft he was piloting and it tumbled down. He says when he was on the ground, with the plane’s engine pressed on his legs, he thought for a moment that his life was ending. He lost consciousness.
When he came to, he was at Nairobi Hospital being prepared for an amputation. His lost both legs.
His friends called his survival the hand of God. Leakey called it luck. He does not believe in the existence of God.....
written by Mercy Adhiambo for www.standardmedia.co.ke
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Meria

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Dr Richard Leakey showing some whip marks inflicted by KANU youths back in 1995 at Nakuru law courts.
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Meria

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Canon Harry Leakey, father of Dr. Louis Leakey, and grandfather of Dr. Richard Leakey, Dr. Jonathan Leakey and Hon. Philip Leakey, performs "rudimentary dental surgery" on an unidentified individual, in this undated photograph;
Image courtesy of "Kenya - A country in the making 1880 - 1940" by Nigel Pavitt (2008).
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mzeiya

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A great man who firmly established Kenya as the cradle of mankind. His immense work in archeology will always be significant. RIP
 

Magreb

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Dr Richard Leakey showing some whip marks inflicted by KANU youths back in 1995 at Nakuru law courts.
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KANU youth wingers walikuwa hatari bin danger siku zake. I say this with a heavy heart having been once recruited as a youth winger by an overzealous councillor way back in 1988 siku za mlolongo. We were young but the local politicians, having run out of recruits, "lowered" the cutoff age to accommodate "child soldiers". Kazi yetu ilikuwa kuangalia wale hawajapanga line " properly" for later revisiting. Well, for the record, I am not proud of what we did kwa wale hawakupanga line vizuri mchana.
 
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