‘I screamed…I could tell she was gone,’ NTV’s Olive Burrows recalls how late mother died

Olive Burrows

Olive Burrows is one of the best journalists around, who carries herself with a lot of respect. She is reserved just like Victoria Rubadiri. She became a household name after joining NTV in 2018 from Capital FM.

Olive, the only child her late mother bore schooled at Malezi Preparatory in Lang’ata and later attended Kenya High before she joined Daystar University. Her father Iives in the UK.

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In 2016, which was her lowest moment in life, Olive lost her mother who was her best friend. She died while she was preparing to take her to the hospital.

Speaking in an interview with Nairobi News, the media personality, who was raised by a single mother talked about their relationship and her death.

”MY MUM HAD BEEN UNWELL, AND SHE CAME TO MY PLACE ON A MONDAY. I TOLD HER WE WOULD GO TO THE HOSPITAL ON TUESDAY. ON TUESDAY, SHE TOLD ME SHE WANTED TO REST. THE WHOLE DAY I JUST FELT OFF. I GOT HOME AND FOUND MY MUM HADN’T EATEN. SHE HAD SLEPT THE WHOLE DAY, SO I FORCED HER TO EAT. ON WEDNESDAY, WHEN I WOKE UP, I FOUND HER MOVING UP AND DOWN THE HOUSE. SHE WAS SAYING SHE WAS HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING. SO I PANICKED NIKAKUWA MKALI (I WAS STERN WITH HER) AND I TOLD HER ‘NO, NO YOU CAN’T TALK LIKE THAT, YOU NEED TO BE STRONG,’ SHE RECALLED.

Adding,

‘WE WERE GETTING READY FOR THE HOSPITAL. I WAS IN THE KITCHEN MAKING TEA AND I NOTICED SHE WAS QUIET. I CAME OUT AND FOUND HER ON THE SOFA, BUT ONE LOOK AT HER FACE, AND I COULD TELL SHE WAS HAVING A STROKE. SO, I SCREAMED, I RUSHED TO THE FRIDGE WHERE I HAD RED CROSS NUMBERS, AND THEY TOLD ME I WAS TOO FAR AWAY BECAUSE I WAS LIVING IN RUAKA THEN.

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After a St Johns Ambulance arrived, the crew checked her mother’s pulse but she was already dead.

‘I COULD SEE AND I COULD TELL SHE WAS GONE,’ OLIVE SAID.

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