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Woman Finds Childhood Friend On Streets Addicted To Drugs, Transforms Him So Much We Can’t Believe It’s Same Man
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Woman Finds Childhood Friend On Streets Addicted To Drugs, Transforms Him So Much We Can’t Believe It’s Same Man

Kenyans have been moved by the story of Patrick Hinga, a man who was utterly lost, homeless, and a drug addict. That was his life until a chance meeting with a former classmate, Wanja Mwaura, kicked off a major transformation and turned his life around.

Patrick had endured major problems with addiction for years, beginning with an expulsion from school for smoking cigarettes and marijuana. This began a downward spiral, with his mother at her wit’s end trying to help him, eventually taking him to a mental institution in an attempt to curb his habit. He became well known at the hospital, running away and being re-admitted several times. “He complained a lot and said all they did was give him medication and treat him like a mental patient. He didn’t have any mental health issues, and that is why he kept running away,” Patrick’s mother, Nancy, told SDE. “But when he was out of the hospital, he would walk around the neighborhood completely naked, or he would rummage through garbage like a homeless person.”

While at the mental hospital, Patrick’s drug habit took a turn for the worse as he discovered a drug called Attain. “It isn’t supposed to be used daily, but because it got him high, he got addicted,” Nancy said. “It was only Sh2 (a few cents) per tablet. He even stole prescription papers and got them from chemists.”

With Patrick showing no signs of recovery, he finally ran away once and for all and began to roam the streets of Nairobi, disheveled and out of control, getting drugs wherever he could. His mother still tried to help him at this point of the lowest rock bottom by bringing him food. “We were always a spectacle; people would call each other to come and stare, laugh, and point at us as we ate. I was known as Mama wa wazimu” (the madman’s mother).

Then one day on the streets, in the little corner he had claimed for himself, Patrick met his old schoolmate Wanja. She began talking to Patrick, who expressed his desire to get off the streets and start a new life. Wanja promptly checked him into a drug rehabilitation center and found support and donations for Patrick’s treatment through social media. She was also able to give Patrick something to focus on after his recovery, helping him start his own business a shop called ‘Hinga’s Store.’

Patrick’s transformation, after detoxing from drugs at the rehab center and cleaning himself up, is incredible. He is grateful for the second chance at life that Wanja has helped him find. “I feel like I am a new man,” he told Daily Nation. “I pray daily, asking God to deliver me so that I am not pulled back to that life of drugs.”

Patrick Hinga had endured major problems with addiction for years, beginning with an expulsion from school

This began a downward spiral, which in the end left him homeless, suffering from serious drug addiction

Nancy Hinga, his mother, tried to help him by bringing him food.  “I was known as the madman’s mother”

Then one day, in the little corner of the street Patrick had claimed for himself, he met his old schoolmate Wanja

She began talking to Patrick, who expressed his desire to get off the streets and start a new life

Wanja promptly checked him into a rehab center

And found support and donations for Patrick’s treatment through social media

She even helping him start his own business, a shop called ‘Hinga’s Store’

Patrick’s transformation after detoxing from drugs has been incredible

“I feel like I am a new man”

“I pray daily, asking God to deliver me so that I am not pulled back to that life of drugs.”

Kenyans have been moved by the story. The country faces a growing drug problem, particularly in the slums of Nairobi

But Patrick’s story proves that with a little help from good people, it’s never too late to turn your life around

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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4 years ago

He looks so smart and dashing in second last image. What a transformation. What a inspirational and motivational story to those who are suffering and to those as well who are trying to help the people out there. One day at a time, people One day at a time.

Tom Hardeveld
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4 years ago

indeed

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just a thought!
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4 years ago

That is real friendship goals right there ! Who cares if your friend likes your Facebook pics or not ? This is what we actually need !

Margot Piasecka
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4 years ago

What a wonderful story. A incredibly strong woman. Thanks to people like her, and! the man who prove that everybody counts and can make a change.

Beth
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4 years ago

He's a really handsome guy! I did not see that coming. She gave him an amazing chance, and he did some amazing work taking full advantage of that chance.

Miguel Angel
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4 years ago

So here's one person that loves human beings like other love dogs and cats. There's still hope.

Taryn Wallace
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4 years ago

It's still ok to love dogs and cats and not be overly fond of humans. Just as long as you aren't cruel or hurtful there is room for all of us.

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Daria Zotova
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4 years ago

Wow, he looks so good and elegant in the last images! I can't even imagine how much effort it took for him to defeat his addiction but the difference is striking! God bless that good woman, Wanja!!!

Maggie Collins
Community Member
4 years ago

One of the first meetings (NA & AA) I heard someone say "you have a choice" and I laughed and laughed.....I never thought I had a choice against my addictions. But I kept listening and learning and one day I didn't laugh at that saying. It was the great support of those wonderful people in NA and AA that showed me the choice I had. What a guy, Patrick!! And what women to never give up supporting you in recovery!!

Cat Lady
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4 years ago

I'm so happy you managed to get the help and realisations you needed, well done!

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frederic eeckman
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4 years ago

Nice story (minus the Joel Osteen book, though...). This girl is incredible, she saved his life...

Martin
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4 years ago

Would you have made this comment if he was holding a Quran ??

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Aija Avota
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4 years ago

And the key to his success... he expressed the desire to get off the streets. You can really only save those who have at least a secret wish to be saved.

DancingToMyself
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4 years ago

They all have at least a secret wish to be saved.

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Plumpapollo
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4 years ago

At first i was like who the hell is the guy in the 9th picture? Then i realised it was the same crazy looking guy without the crazy look

Gretchen Lont
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4 years ago

It looks like he's wearing white eye liner in some of the pictures.

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Thai Ya Long
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4 years ago

He looks so friendly, honestly

Dlynne Distance
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4 years ago

Well you had me till you showed Joel Osteen book

Megan Romero-Herman
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4 years ago

Lol.. I despise Joel Osteen too, but least his book helped him

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Shruti Naik
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4 years ago

I don't want to be cliched and say something like "this is an inspirational story" but you reminded me of another story of a man named Johnny Rhodes who is an alcoholic. Unlike you however, he is yet to win his battle against his addiction. This is the facebook link to the group of people who tried to help him by providing moral and support: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1592467754143785/

Susan Gardner
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4 years ago

What happened to him? That link did not come up.

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Daniel Sipes
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4 years ago

THERE'S HOPE IN THIS WORLD!! YAY!!

Rantanplan
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4 years ago

She is an Angel!

Master Markus
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4 years ago

I was happy and then I saw that picture of him holding the Joel Osteen book and I went "Oh no"... DON'T TEACH PEOPLE THAT GOD SOLVES THEIR PROBLEMS. It reduces the appreciation of true human achievement.

Rare Cuts
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3 years ago

Joel Osteen is a scammer but do you truly think that people that achieve things and have faith don't do any hard work or make any effort? If it were that easy everyone would do it.

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Sierra Batten
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4 years ago

Wow, so inspiring.

Jonathan Eatsalot
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4 years ago

Joel Osteen? I'd rather be on drugs.

John Smith
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4 years ago

lol

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Paul Jones
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4 years ago

Amazing!

Janet Garnett
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4 years ago

*She deserves a Medal 13626476_1...388308.jpg 13626476_10204628724116965_3936885629723705539_n-5a8f072388308.jpg

hyprstorm
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4 years ago

Sadly, Insignificant Humans like Master Markus still think that politics belong in bored panda,

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Gary Wallace
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4 years ago

Please keep him away from Osteen books and tv shows .Let him open his mind . Osteen is not a very good representative of God .

Martin
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4 years ago

No religion is, especially for a fictitious character, but many hypocrites wouldn't have said anything of he was holding up a Quran

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Scott Buske
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4 years ago

Wish he would have picked a better guide than Joel Osteen. Whatever helps I guess.

jamie1707
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4 years ago

I'm disappointed that he seems to be a Joel Osteen follower. Getting mixed up with liars and thieves can't be good for his program.

Martin
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4 years ago

If he was holding a Quran would that have satisfied your hypocrisy ?

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Daniel Losinger
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4 years ago

“Streets Addicted To Drugs” How are addicted to drugs?

Jeanie Kwon
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4 years ago

I love this story and I am so, so, so glad for this man. But I want to point out that the book that he his holding is by a notorious prosperity evangelist, Joel Osteen. Prosperity evangelists essentially take advantage of Christians by preaching to them that the only way to win God's favor is by giving money to the church and the preacher. This theology is NOT supported in the Bible in ANY way; it is a scam. I am glad that this man is working hard to move his life in a positive direction, but Joel Osteen is not the way to do it.

Donegalsean
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4 years ago

Crazyman is now another man!! The new and the old Gods, bless that women!!

C.Marrero
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4 years ago

Very inspiring

varwenea
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4 years ago

D.A.M.N.!!! His transformation is absolutely incredible. Congrats to him for his efforts. Kudos to those around him who heard his call for help and answered!!

Uzi
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4 years ago

Finally something panda worthy

NØES Nilüfer
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4 years ago

This is one of the most beautifulest stories I've ever read! Well donneee

Travis Sivart
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4 years ago

They gave him a joel osteen book? poor guy. From drugs to being a sheep. I honestly don't know which is worse.

Owreenza Dust
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4 years ago

so inspiring..

TC
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4 years ago

Bravo.

เพิ่มลาภ โพธิ์หล้า
4 years ago

That's a beautiful story that I have never senn before.

Anna Mcaffee
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4 years ago

Nice

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4 years ago

We need more people like her in this world And people like him.. willing to make a change. Open to suggestions.

David Mtiba
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3 years ago

I was really touched by the story so that I got my self liking that lady as if I'm the one who got that assistance I said to myself "Yeah, that's what friendship is". Oh! What did I do again? I Just kissed her and said God bless you

Angelita Torres
Community Member
4 years ago

This story moved me so much,what a transformation.He looks so much happier,healthier and younger.It takes great people to help this young man like she did .What a wonderful woman.And it also took him wanting to get better and that is exactly what he did.Great story,I hope to see alot more stories like this in the future.😊

KT Trondsen
Community Member
4 years ago

With friendship, a real want for change, and love for one another, anything is possible

Emory Griffis
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4 years ago

It's all in his eyes, you can see the madness is gone.

Rose Hogue
Community Member
4 years ago

A great uplifting story! I'll pray for Patrick and his family and friends to stay strong and away from drugs. Also I'll pray for those afflictecd with addictions to find help and get clean.

John Smith
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4 years ago

Dayum, Patrick did look FUCKED UP in those early pics.

TheReader19
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4 years ago

O.M.G! Is this really the same man, I can't believe it. What a change, what a difference. This is real love/friendship. We can all save the world one person at a time.

Sandra McIntyre Cramer
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow,just wow, what a difference, God Bless his childhood friend, now that is what a true friend is, and God bless him for turning his life around, he looks amazing, healthy, and confident!!

Black Dahlia
Community Member
4 years ago

He was truly on the brink of death.

Lisa Greene
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4 years ago

What a beautiful story! The world needs more friends like her!

Dutch Sinco
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4 years ago

Oh My God forever grateful to that friend. More than a true friend

Ana
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4 years ago

wooowwww this is what good real caring friends do not like betraying friend for interes

Cookie
Community Member
4 years ago

She's an angel.

Libssuc
Community Member
4 years ago

Woooow! That is some transformation God bless them both

Meeow
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4 years ago

what a transformation, only God's work for sending a strong woman like her to him. Would like to have a real friend like her!

Apollo
Community Member
4 years ago

It makes me feel ashamed that I never did such a wonderful deed.

Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

...or happy that no one in your life has screwed up their life so badly? ... Don't judge yourself so harshly, when your time comes you'll surely step up.

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Shiva Dheva
Community Member
4 years ago

Finally stray people also matter.

Gabi
Community Member
4 years ago

..... is he single?

Jesreel Karunungan
Community Member
4 years ago

God bless this testimony .

Winnia Barassa
Community Member
2 years ago

You must be behind news. That guy died suddenly a while back after his recovery. So edit yr post.

Winnia Barassa
Community Member
2 years ago

U must be behind news. That guy died suddenly a while ago after his recovery.

Tatenda Dube
Community Member
2 years ago

Bless you two I pray more do will to do the same

samuel HARUNA
Community Member
3 years ago

Real friendship worthy of emulation

David Timilehin
Community Member
3 years ago

Wooow...that was captivating....that serves as a lesson to all of us.never look down on someone.his/her tomorrow can be better

Samson Chacha
Community Member
3 years ago

So incredible and touching story, May God bless you sister According to your heart Desires.

dingtrf
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't think that's him

Scrooge McCock
Community Member
3 years ago

We can make a difference.

Kenneth Benihana
Community Member
3 years ago

love is a powerful thing.... we need more love in the world.. i pledge to do my little part to make this world a better place for my fellow earthlings

David Lloyd
Community Member
4 years ago

Drugs destroy.... thank God for this truly good woman.

Sarjana Lastname
Community Member
4 years ago

I think that is important to be whit them who want to be sober, just spending time and talking about their problems and making food is helping back to normal routines.

Kireina
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes!! God help keep him on the right path. This is amazing, I'm so proud of everyone who is able to do this and the people that help them achieve this. Happy chillz Cx

Kristyna
Community Member
4 years ago

Hm.., 😷😷😷

tsuki nercua
Community Member
4 years ago

This made me cry.. we need more friends like her

Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

So many triggered assholes with comments about Joel Osteen and reflexively upvoting each other; wonder how many of them would have made the same comments if this chap was holding a Quran? Don't know much about Osteen since I'm not even Christian but from what I've seen on TV he isn't a Jimmy Swaggart or Jim Baker type

Alberto Curutchet
Community Member
4 years ago

Good people always amaze me. Kudos to that great woman.

lisa H
Community Member
4 years ago

All we need is love.

Patricia Ross
Community Member
4 years ago

There's absolutely nothing love can't do

Claire Xylina Pelaez
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing! Good people are still around. May you be blessed by God a thousand folds:)

Lulu Machete
Community Member
4 years ago

Holy Moly, mind blown. What an amazing story.

bubamara
Community Member
4 years ago

Awesome humanity!

Martin Fennell
Community Member
4 years ago

i'm crying

Jo Acosta
Community Member
4 years ago

Great story. Impressive photos. Uplifting example of friendship and kindness. I'll go for the whole thing (except the Joel Osteen endorsement) BUT this was first on BP about a year ago. We either deserve an update or a new lead item.

Lois Hartranft
Community Member
4 years ago

Remarkable. Amazing. Fantastic

Jovy Jergens
Community Member
4 years ago

Most heartwarming indeed. Stay strong Patrick!

Kwihui Halliday
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh my god! What a changed man he's become, thanks to his childhood friend. I wish him great success. And this woman I hope for the world to know her selfless act of what a true friend is. Excellent person, she!

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
4 years ago

I think there are angels all over the place and this woman is one of them.

oiztaj
Community Member
4 years ago

Believe in humanity, restored!

Amanda Snider
Community Member
4 years ago

I cannot believe how different, confident and well put together he looks now! If we hadn't seen the transformation photos I don't think that we would have believed that it's the same man.

Krista Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

An amazing story about amazing people!

Patti
Community Member
4 years ago

I hope he doesn't hold Joel Osteen in high esteem. He is an ass that would not not lift a finger to help desperate people in need

Skylar Rowe
Community Member
4 years ago

The change is incredible

Nila Moore
Community Member
4 years ago

Great story. Remarkable transformation!

Katinka Min
Community Member
4 years ago

H.O.L.Y. C.R.A.P.!! I've seen many transformation stories and pics, but this one is mindblowing!

Mylah Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

This is a great and inspiring story but a little confused. In the first pics he has a huge scar across his cheek. In the last pics the scar is miraculously gone. I want to believe it's the same person but they just look so different, and with lack of scar... I hope it is the same guy and they didn't get the pics mixed up. I also wish there was someone like this out there for everyone x

Matthew Cooper
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't think thats a scar, I think its how his facial hair grows. Not a full beard, just around his mouth and lines up towards his ears.

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Sabrina Hunt
Community Member
4 years ago

Very few people would have the big enough heart to stick with helping someone that much when everyone else had given up. Bless her

Caroline Murphy
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh wow, he looks amazing

Emmanuel Machani
Community Member
4 years ago

Wanja is a Godsend. Did humanity and Kenya a service.

Bogaert Luc
Community Member
4 years ago

That was not a little help, this was really a huge personal investment of his old girlfriend. Well done!

Cat Lady
Community Member
4 years ago

She wasn't his girlfriend, she went to school with him

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Dalink Cadas
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4 years ago

respect!

Mont
Community Member
4 years ago

So good!

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
4 years ago

First step in that remarkable recovery was to have someone believing he could get better!

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
4 years ago

LOVELY, story! LOVELY people! What a beautiful soul this woman has! Sometimes all someone needs is a friend to tell them, I BELIEVE IN YOU!!!

Deborah Ruth
Community Member
4 years ago

What a moving and inspiring story. Wow. Shows what one person's care and concern can do to rescue another person and restore him to life. May that story serve as an inspiration and model for others who might be able to reach out and help a person in need. Thank you for posting this.

Mark Erwin
Community Member
4 years ago

This brought me tears of joy.

Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

What a transformation! From delirious to dignified! Wanja is an angel for helping an addict get out of the spiral n get his dignity back.

Echo
Community Member
4 years ago

Hell yeah! That's all I can say. Just awesome.

Maria K
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4 years ago

Aw!! This is so sweet and heartwarming. We need more people like her!!

Terri Owens
Community Member
4 years ago

Totally inspiring..... Shows what a little kindness can do. Blessings to you, young man.

Gabriel Silva
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4 years ago

I don't know these people but this gave me misty eyes

Lulik
Community Member
4 years ago

Just wow. This woman is my new hero - she showed that the most important thing is to believe in someone no matter how bad could be. She's amazing! How many people just give up and even don't try to help others. It' s not easy at all. And a huge congrats for Patrick for finding strength to fight for himself too =D

Vicki Kloske
Community Member
4 years ago

Hopefully he will help other addicts that want to get clean but don't know how. Who better to help than someone who's been there?

Amy Dias
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4 years ago

I'm a time where there is so much anger and hatred, this is hope. This woman is an angel. May God bless them both.

Cenk Karaferya
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4 years ago

Are there such awesome people out there? Sometimes I lose hope thinking there are. So much greatness in a little story.

Oscar
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4 years ago

Amazing story! We need more people like this woman!

Sykz
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4 years ago

That great! Good For you!

Victor Smith
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4 years ago

I'm glad for him, he looked like a walker from the Walking Dead before she intervened.

Rebekah
Community Member
4 years ago

What a fabulous story. Inspirational. I always tell my kids: "you don't know who's in there", when we see someone who's struggling. This proves it. (side note: The Spongebob episode when Squidward smacks his face and become insanely handsome... right here)

Alvin Martin Senior
Community Member
4 years ago

...And she’s supposed to keep this quiet, because people frown on others who do good deeds and than post about them? Of course not! Ridiculous notion! Share that story and ENCOURAGE OTHERS to give of themselves to those less fortunate. You don’t have to necessarily go to such extraordinary lengths, but do what you can when you can. ...And share to encourage others to do the same...

Ali_M
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful

Nancy Massi
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4 years ago

Wonderful story! What a lovely person Wanja is, and the transformation in Patrick is incredible.

Gillian Black
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4 years ago

wow just to see the change in those eyes my gosh what a great lady and so caring look at him now, may God bless him as he walks with his Jesus wow and wow again what a dashing young man

David Daisy May Boldock
Community Member
4 years ago

Good on him, and his school friend for sticking it out with him. Not forgetting his Mother. As bad as Facebook is, being addicted to that shite is better than being addicted to drugs.

Alib
Community Member
4 years ago

Proof that every little act matters. It takes just one person to help, we only need to take the first step to do it! Thank you for sharing this inspiring story!

Laura Zaini
Community Member
4 years ago

this is very inspiring

Lou Wow
Community Member
4 years ago

He's so lucky to have a friend like that. He seems like such a sweet guy and its wonderful to see him look so happy and healthy in the last picture.

Petra Christovová
Community Member
4 years ago

Real friendship.

Denise Mirto
Community Member
4 years ago

she is an angel-

Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
4 years ago

I'll bet it feels good being able to blink again. :)

Katerina Sunshine
Community Member
4 years ago

It is like swimming. Once you touch the bottom it is easier to push yourself up..

Lu
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow - it saddens me, that I wouldn’t go as this lady unless it was a friend, and not a stranger. Sure I’ll make donations. But to go out on a real limb, that’s courage!

joel
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4 years ago

you are good

Nora
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow!! I'm so happy I read this story! Bless them both.

Gwinevere von Ludwig
Community Member
4 years ago

This is a very beautiful story. We need more people like Wanja in this world: compassionate and non-judgmental.

Pedro Hasashi
Community Member
4 years ago

Wooow what a change! Blessings!

renn
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4 years ago

💝💝💝💝

Mark Fuller
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4 years ago

Wow. Just incredible. What a transformation. And it restores your faith in humanity!

Kostas
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4 years ago

Joel Osteen...

Linda Goodman
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4 years ago

Wonderful story. What heart Wanja has. If she'd been our Kenyan President instead of the one we got, Donald Trump wouldn't have had to save us - he'd still be having fun on The Apprentice. TRUTH.

Bag Of Donuts
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4 years ago

In Christ alone hope is found.

John Smith
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4 years ago

lol

emily c
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4 years ago

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I feel like the vibe of this article is off, just because its written like its giving more credit to Wanja Mwaura than Patrick himself (in my opinion, anyways). Wanja did so much, and she is amazing, but Patrick did the work. It was his courage and his hard work that got him clean. His resiliency that should be highlighted here. Yes, Wanja did a beautiful thing by helping him. But idk, I feel like Patrick should be the highlight of the article. Not just the subject that Wanja "transformed."

Allayna
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4 years ago

Well, they both had to have the patience and time, these addictions can take months to years to overcome, but they all start with some help. Have you ever met anyone who got over an addiction COMPLETELY by themselves?

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Krysann
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This is a very good story but why photoshop their hands in the picture where they are giving each other a high five. James I'm sorry to be harsh keep doing great stories but leave the photoshop to someone who knows what they are doing. Great story.

Crocodile
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4 years ago

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Marry that woman.

Kimberly Robinson
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4 years ago

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In the end, maybe what he went through can help others. But, he wasted so much time and caused a lot of grief to those around him by doing what he did. I am at the point where I have less than zero sympathy for drug addicts. If you even take a step on that road, you are probably not coming back from the darkness and so many people don't. It's an insult to the body and the life you have been given to fill it full of drugs. There are children and others who are sickly and dying. They will never get to grow up and they would love a healthy body and a long life. People who poison themselves are spitting on people like that. Drugs are bad, m'kay? So, just don't start. Don't start and you won't have a problem.

Here to Troll
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4 years ago

Says someone who knows nothing about addiction.

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Nikki D
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4 years ago

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Please do not attempt this if you are not a professional. I am so happy it worked out for them, and the transformation is truly miraculous. And what a wonderful mom, sticking by her son even through the ridicule.

DancingToMyself
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4 years ago

Do not attempt WHAT? Help someone? Geez

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Negativity Panda
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4 years ago

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These black mangy dogs...

Bob 2.0
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4 years ago

Note to anyone who sees this: don't reply to his comments. He's just trying to get attention.

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Reece Chandler
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4 years ago

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A Black man on drugs? Now ive seen it all

Gayle Bynum Cardosa
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4 years ago

get help.

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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4 years ago

He looks so smart and dashing in second last image. What a transformation. What a inspirational and motivational story to those who are suffering and to those as well who are trying to help the people out there. One day at a time, people One day at a time.

Tom Hardeveld
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4 years ago

indeed

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just a thought!
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4 years ago

That is real friendship goals right there ! Who cares if your friend likes your Facebook pics or not ? This is what we actually need !

Margot Piasecka
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4 years ago

What a wonderful story. A incredibly strong woman. Thanks to people like her, and! the man who prove that everybody counts and can make a change.

Beth
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4 years ago

He's a really handsome guy! I did not see that coming. She gave him an amazing chance, and he did some amazing work taking full advantage of that chance.

Miguel Angel
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4 years ago

So here's one person that loves human beings like other love dogs and cats. There's still hope.

Taryn Wallace
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4 years ago

It's still ok to love dogs and cats and not be overly fond of humans. Just as long as you aren't cruel or hurtful there is room for all of us.

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Daria Zotova
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4 years ago

Wow, he looks so good and elegant in the last images! I can't even imagine how much effort it took for him to defeat his addiction but the difference is striking! God bless that good woman, Wanja!!!

Maggie Collins
Community Member
4 years ago

One of the first meetings (NA & AA) I heard someone say "you have a choice" and I laughed and laughed.....I never thought I had a choice against my addictions. But I kept listening and learning and one day I didn't laugh at that saying. It was the great support of those wonderful people in NA and AA that showed me the choice I had. What a guy, Patrick!! And what women to never give up supporting you in recovery!!

Cat Lady
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4 years ago

I'm so happy you managed to get the help and realisations you needed, well done!

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frederic eeckman
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4 years ago

Nice story (minus the Joel Osteen book, though...). This girl is incredible, she saved his life...

Martin
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4 years ago

Would you have made this comment if he was holding a Quran ??

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Aija Avota
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4 years ago

And the key to his success... he expressed the desire to get off the streets. You can really only save those who have at least a secret wish to be saved.

DancingToMyself
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4 years ago

They all have at least a secret wish to be saved.

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Plumpapollo
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4 years ago

At first i was like who the hell is the guy in the 9th picture? Then i realised it was the same crazy looking guy without the crazy look

Gretchen Lont
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4 years ago

It looks like he's wearing white eye liner in some of the pictures.

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Thai Ya Long
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4 years ago

He looks so friendly, honestly

Dlynne Distance
Community Member
4 years ago

Well you had me till you showed Joel Osteen book

Megan Romero-Herman
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4 years ago

Lol.. I despise Joel Osteen too, but least his book helped him

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Shruti Naik
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4 years ago

I don't want to be cliched and say something like "this is an inspirational story" but you reminded me of another story of a man named Johnny Rhodes who is an alcoholic. Unlike you however, he is yet to win his battle against his addiction. This is the facebook link to the group of people who tried to help him by providing moral and support: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1592467754143785/

Susan Gardner
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4 years ago

What happened to him? That link did not come up.

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Daniel Sipes
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4 years ago

THERE'S HOPE IN THIS WORLD!! YAY!!

Rantanplan
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4 years ago

She is an Angel!

Master Markus
Community Member
4 years ago

I was happy and then I saw that picture of him holding the Joel Osteen book and I went "Oh no"... DON'T TEACH PEOPLE THAT GOD SOLVES THEIR PROBLEMS. It reduces the appreciation of true human achievement.

Rare Cuts
Community Member
3 years ago

Joel Osteen is a scammer but do you truly think that people that achieve things and have faith don't do any hard work or make any effort? If it were that easy everyone would do it.

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Sierra Batten
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, so inspiring.

Jonathan Eatsalot
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4 years ago

Joel Osteen? I'd rather be on drugs.

John Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

lol

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Paul Jones
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4 years ago

Amazing!

Janet Garnett
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4 years ago

*She deserves a Medal 13626476_1...388308.jpg 13626476_10204628724116965_3936885629723705539_n-5a8f072388308.jpg

hyprstorm
Community Member
4 years ago

Sadly, Insignificant Humans like Master Markus still think that politics belong in bored panda,

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Gary Wallace
Community Member
4 years ago

Please keep him away from Osteen books and tv shows .Let him open his mind . Osteen is not a very good representative of God .

Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

No religion is, especially for a fictitious character, but many hypocrites wouldn't have said anything of he was holding up a Quran

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Scott Buske
Community Member
4 years ago

Wish he would have picked a better guide than Joel Osteen. Whatever helps I guess.

jamie1707
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm disappointed that he seems to be a Joel Osteen follower. Getting mixed up with liars and thieves can't be good for his program.

Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

If he was holding a Quran would that have satisfied your hypocrisy ?

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Daniel Losinger
Community Member
4 years ago

“Streets Addicted To Drugs” How are addicted to drugs?

Jeanie Kwon
Community Member
4 years ago

I love this story and I am so, so, so glad for this man. But I want to point out that the book that he his holding is by a notorious prosperity evangelist, Joel Osteen. Prosperity evangelists essentially take advantage of Christians by preaching to them that the only way to win God's favor is by giving money to the church and the preacher. This theology is NOT supported in the Bible in ANY way; it is a scam. I am glad that this man is working hard to move his life in a positive direction, but Joel Osteen is not the way to do it.

Donegalsean
Community Member
4 years ago

Crazyman is now another man!! The new and the old Gods, bless that women!!

C.Marrero
Community Member
4 years ago

Very inspiring

varwenea
Community Member
4 years ago

D.A.M.N.!!! His transformation is absolutely incredible. Congrats to him for his efforts. Kudos to those around him who heard his call for help and answered!!

Uzi
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4 years ago

Finally something panda worthy

NØES Nilüfer
Community Member
4 years ago

This is one of the most beautifulest stories I've ever read! Well donneee

Travis Sivart
Community Member
4 years ago

They gave him a joel osteen book? poor guy. From drugs to being a sheep. I honestly don't know which is worse.

Owreenza Dust
Community Member
4 years ago

so inspiring..

TC
Community Member
4 years ago

Bravo.

เพิ่มลาภ โพธิ์หล้า
4 years ago

That's a beautiful story that I have never senn before.

Anna Mcaffee
Community Member
4 years ago

Nice

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Community Member
4 years ago

We need more people like her in this world And people like him.. willing to make a change. Open to suggestions.

David Mtiba
Community Member
3 years ago

I was really touched by the story so that I got my self liking that lady as if I'm the one who got that assistance I said to myself "Yeah, that's what friendship is". Oh! What did I do again? I Just kissed her and said God bless you

Angelita Torres
Community Member
4 years ago

This story moved me so much,what a transformation.He looks so much happier,healthier and younger.It takes great people to help this young man like she did .What a wonderful woman.And it also took him wanting to get better and that is exactly what he did.Great story,I hope to see alot more stories like this in the future.😊

KT Trondsen
Community Member
4 years ago

With friendship, a real want for change, and love for one another, anything is possible

Emory Griffis
Community Member
4 years ago

It's all in his eyes, you can see the madness is gone.

Rose Hogue
Community Member
4 years ago

A great uplifting story! I'll pray for Patrick and his family and friends to stay strong and away from drugs. Also I'll pray for those afflictecd with addictions to find help and get clean.

John Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

Dayum, Patrick did look FUCKED UP in those early pics.

TheReader19
Community Member
4 years ago

O.M.G! Is this really the same man, I can't believe it. What a change, what a difference. This is real love/friendship. We can all save the world one person at a time.

Sandra McIntyre Cramer
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow,just wow, what a difference, God Bless his childhood friend, now that is what a true friend is, and God bless him for turning his life around, he looks amazing, healthy, and confident!!

Black Dahlia
Community Member
4 years ago

He was truly on the brink of death.

Lisa Greene
Community Member
4 years ago

What a beautiful story! The world needs more friends like her!

Dutch Sinco
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh My God forever grateful to that friend. More than a true friend

Ana
Community Member
4 years ago

wooowwww this is what good real caring friends do not like betraying friend for interes

Cookie
Community Member
4 years ago

She's an angel.

Libssuc
Community Member
4 years ago

Woooow! That is some transformation God bless them both

Meeow
Community Member
4 years ago

what a transformation, only God's work for sending a strong woman like her to him. Would like to have a real friend like her!

Apollo
Community Member
4 years ago

It makes me feel ashamed that I never did such a wonderful deed.

Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

...or happy that no one in your life has screwed up their life so badly? ... Don't judge yourself so harshly, when your time comes you'll surely step up.

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Shiva Dheva
Community Member
4 years ago

Finally stray people also matter.

Gabi
Community Member
4 years ago

..... is he single?

Jesreel Karunungan
Community Member
4 years ago

God bless this testimony .

Winnia Barassa
Community Member
2 years ago

You must be behind news. That guy died suddenly a while back after his recovery. So edit yr post.

Winnia Barassa
Community Member
2 years ago

U must be behind news. That guy died suddenly a while ago after his recovery.

Tatenda Dube
Community Member
2 years ago

Bless you two I pray more do will to do the same

samuel HARUNA
Community Member
3 years ago

Real friendship worthy of emulation

David Timilehin
Community Member
3 years ago

Wooow...that was captivating....that serves as a lesson to all of us.never look down on someone.his/her tomorrow can be better

Samson Chacha
Community Member
3 years ago

So incredible and touching story, May God bless you sister According to your heart Desires.

dingtrf
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't think that's him

Scrooge McCock
Community Member
3 years ago

We can make a difference.

Kenneth Benihana
Community Member
3 years ago

love is a powerful thing.... we need more love in the world.. i pledge to do my little part to make this world a better place for my fellow earthlings

David Lloyd
Community Member
4 years ago

Drugs destroy.... thank God for this truly good woman.

Sarjana Lastname
Community Member
4 years ago

I think that is important to be whit them who want to be sober, just spending time and talking about their problems and making food is helping back to normal routines.

Kireina
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes!! God help keep him on the right path. This is amazing, I'm so proud of everyone who is able to do this and the people that help them achieve this. Happy chillz Cx

Kristyna
Community Member
4 years ago

Hm.., 😷😷😷

tsuki nercua
Community Member
4 years ago

This made me cry.. we need more friends like her

Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

So many triggered assholes with comments about Joel Osteen and reflexively upvoting each other; wonder how many of them would have made the same comments if this chap was holding a Quran? Don't know much about Osteen since I'm not even Christian but from what I've seen on TV he isn't a Jimmy Swaggart or Jim Baker type

Alberto Curutchet
Community Member
4 years ago

Good people always amaze me. Kudos to that great woman.

lisa H
Community Member
4 years ago

All we need is love.

Patricia Ross
Community Member
4 years ago

There's absolutely nothing love can't do

Claire Xylina Pelaez
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing! Good people are still around. May you be blessed by God a thousand folds:)