Dancer Kanda King leaves hospital after hip surgery – Nairobi News

Celebrated Kenyan dancer Said Makdar Mahfuth – popularly known as Kanda King – is on the road to recovery after a difficult week undergoing hip surgery.

The dancer shared video clips and photos on his socials as he left the hospital and at home with his sons and grandchildren.

Kanda King is recovering at home after hip replacement surgery.

Kanda King, who made a name for himself as one of Kenya’s top dancers for more than two decades, says he suffered from groin pain in his left leg for about five years while touring Norway.

He later learned that he had injured his hips during his dance performances, which included performing acrobatic stunts.

“I started to feel pain during a tour with my band in Norway, where we had a minimum of three shows a day. I went and saw a doctor who advised me to warm up before going on stage. But because I’ve been doing this all my life, I ignored his advice,” he revealed during an interview with the Nairobi News.

He underwent surgery on his right hip in which his cartilage, which had been damaged, was removed and replaced with viable, fresh allograft (donor) cartilage.

He was told to replace both hips, each hip replacement (arthroplasty) for Sh495,000.

To replace both hips he needs at least Sh1 million and he is currently fundraising and he is doing what most Kenyans do and is appealing for financial aid from benefactors.

Kanda King, who began dancing more than 20 years ago, says he developed pain in his left leg while touring Norway about five years ago, only to be told he had injured his hips during his heyday while entertaining people, including performing acrobatic stunts.

“I started to feel pain during a tour with my band in Norway, where we had a minimum of three shows a day. I went and saw a doctor who advised me to warm up before going on stage. But because I’ve been doing this all my life, I ignored his advice.”

A year later, he started limping, but despite the pain, he went back and performed. “This has been my life, yes, I felt some pain, but I was still on stage and doing what I love to do,” he says.

Last year, he visited PCEA Kikuyu Hospital when the pain became unbearable and when the doctor saw the X-ray results, he said he had to undergo surgery, failing which he would end up in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

In two months he will have surgery on his left hip.

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