A wife who says her husband cut her hands off because she could not give him kids is about to become a mum.
Jackline Mwende says her estranged husband Stephen Ngila used a machete to cut off her arms just below the elbows and left her for dead in July.
She says he did it out of revenge for her not bearing him a child but Ngila, 34, denied being the perpetrator of the attack in Machakos County in southern Kenya.
After being fitted with prosthetic limbs in Seoul, South Korea, thanks to the generosity of LG Electronics, Mwende, 28, has overcome her ordeal and is soon to give birth.
She would not name the father but she has a new home in which to raise her child, after German pharmaceutical and science firm Merck built her a house complete with solar panels and a water tank.
Women’s rights activists were furious that Ngila, a tailor, was released on bail of £1,544 after being charged with the horrific crime.
Jackline told The Associated Press that tests done three years ago showed that her husband is the one with reproductive problems – not her.
She said their relationship deteriorated after the tests and that her husband did not show up for treatment as doctors prescribed.
Angry activists had even called for him to be castrated and then hanged.
Mwende told Kenyan media: “I thank God for bringing me this far.”
She did not say when her due date was.
The status of the case against Ngila was not reported but there are reports that he was in his tailor’s shop in the town of Masii six miles away from the scene of the crime when he heard about the attack on his wife.
In August Jackline spoke of how she met her husband after finishing school in 2010 and said it was “love at first sight”.
She described her husband as a “kind and God-fearing” man who was a tailor in Masii town.
In an interview with Daily Notion, Jackline said: “He taught me how to make dresses and clothes.
“We fell in love during this time and we had a church wedding three months later.
“But he gradually became violent and a drunk. But I stayed because I wanted to save the marriage and my home.”
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