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Kenya’s Strongest Man Hospitalized

A picture taken on  February 28, 2013 shows Conrad Njeru Karukenya, 67, aka 'Tiger-power' attempting to break in-two a six-inch nail with his bare hands during a presentation to pupils of Tenri primary school  in Kenya's central highlands county of Embu, which is also his place of birth. This living, breathing speed bump is a local legend and has a stomach that is strong enough to withstand a Land Rover running right over him, according to Discovery channel's Quest tv, hosted in the United Kingdom, which in May of last year hosted what has popularly been dubbed a 'superhuman showdown' that featured seemingly regular human beings with incredible abilities in a contest for the title of ultimate Superhuman. Divided into five unifying traits: speed, strength, endurance, brain power and skill five contestants push themselves to the limit in each episode, with Conrad placed second in the strength category, and among five finalists by internationally-acclaimed scientists Dr Heather Berlin, Dr Rahul Jandial and Professor Greg Whyte who will further select the two most impressive individuals to go head to head in the gruelling final showdown. From humble beginnings, the spiritual family man who loves eating organic food and whole grains and has never smoked or indulged in alchohol his entire life says," I started doing these things as a joke while in school in 1963". AFP PHOTO /Tony KARUMBATONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

Kenya’s strongest man, Conrad Njeru Karukenya, better known as Tiger Power has been hospitalized for the first time in his life.

Known for being ran over by a Land Rover unscathed and carrying eight huge men without breaking a sweat, the 69-year-old  is said to have been in hospital for over a month now.

“It started with my body swelling. When I came to the hospital, doctors told me that my heart had also swollen,” Tiger Power told the Standard.

Tiger Power who has lived a healthy life for close to seven decades now, said that doctors had carried out “endless tests” so as to ascertain what he has been suffering from. Doctors suspect that he might be suffering from a heart condition alongside other complications.

Although he is one of the most popular and recognizable faces in the country, his fame has not come with material fortunes.

On Tuesday morning, he was in his hospital bed struggling to raise Sh7, 000 for a scan. He is seeking help to meet his medical bills. Tiger Power discovered his extraordinary strength by accident when he was transporting his father’s coffee beans to the factory.

“As I was guiding the ox-cart carrying 2.1 tonnes of coffee downhill, the brakes failed.  I guided it to the roadside and as I was lying on my back fixing the left wheel, the oxen unexpectedly pulled away running over my abdomen. Despite the heavy luggage, it did not hurt,” he recalled during a previous interview.

From that moment, Tiger Power has shown his extraordinary strengths in front of villagers, students, scientists to presidents in various parts of the world. A decade ago, he dared any man in Africa to face him in a test of strength contest. No one has come so far to face the gigantic man who comes from Embu County who started his shows of power while still in school in 1963.

Tiger Power, who has a diploma in physical fitness, and is studying Early Childhood Education at Kenyatta University. In 2008, he was conferred with a Head of States Commendation award.

Source: StandardMedia Kenya

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