By Kurgat Marindany
Kajiado’s brightest student who scored an A- in the 2009 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) at Oloolaiser Secondary School before joining the University of Nairobi is the county’s youngest medical doctor.
At 23 years old, David Kipaton is the youngest surgeon after graduating from the College of Health Sciences recently with a Bachelors degree in Medicine and Surgery.
When guests congregated at his Ilbissil home recently for a thanks giving and his homecoming ceremony, it took them time to identify him as he was being escorted by women dancers into the venue because of his body size.
It was a day of great joy for his parents, Stephen and Jane Saruni and the Ilbissil community as Kipaton arrived home.
His parents were heaped with praises for single-handedly educating their son in the medicine field.
Stephen said he used all his resources to ensure his son, now Dr. Kipaton, completed university education.
“I sold my cows and goats to ensure he completes his education at the university because I did not want to bother my neighbours and friends with fundraisings,” said Saruni.
Kipaton graduated in the year his mother Jane, was elected the county chairperson of Maendeleo ya Wanawake.
The young man started his school at Ilbissil Academy where he left in 2004 and proceeded to Lele Primary School in Ilbisil. He sat his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) the following year.
He was one of the leading pupils in that year’s KCPE when he scored 386 points gaining him admission to Oloolaiser Secondary School in Ngong where he sat for his KCSE exam in 2009 and scored an A (minus).
The village Maasai boy was the only student from the county in his October 2010 class at the College of Health Sciences that took him six years to graduate as a medical doctor.
Governor David Nkedianye, County Health Minister Gladys Marima and the local MCA, Lesalaon Seki graced the occasion and congratulated Kipaton for taking a bold move to study Medicine and Surgery at the university.
Nkedianye, who is also a doctor of philosophy, said the county is short of surgeons and that he was pleased Kipaton had come in handy at the time the region was shopping for more doctors and surgeons.