A surprise wedding proposal in Kenya nearly ended in tragedy after a woman ingested an engagement ring hidden in her food.
On Sunday, Ms Jessica Hawayu’s family gathered at her home in Gongoni, Tana River County, for a celebration. Unbeknownst to her, her family and boyfriend, Johannah Charo, had planned a surprise engagement celebration.
The day began positively with family members preparing food, and Jessica was tasked with preparing her father’s favourite dish.
“Pilau is both our father’s and her boyfriend’s favourite dish. Therefore, she knew she was doing it for her father and committed herself to it “said her sister, Melanie Hawayu.
In the meantime, the boyfriend and his friends loitered around town, awaiting word from his girlfriend’s family that everything was ready.
At approximately 2:00 p.m., they were instructed via text message to begin advancing towards the venue as the tables were being set.
The plan of the woman’s mother and her boyfriend was to bury the engagement ring in a pilau dish, where she would find it.
Melanie narrated, “Dad had opposed the idea, but since we had no better one, we decided to take a chance with the one we had and proceeded.”
The food was served by Jessica’s mother, who kept sending her daughter on errands as she hid the ring in the plate.
Charo had already infiltrated the compound and was planning to approach the girlfriend from behind where she was seated.
The table was filled with laughter and joy as Charo tiptoed towards the table, but his approach was cut short when his girlfriend began choking on her food.
As she left the table and ran towards her father, who struck her three times on the back, she vomited the ring despite all rescue efforts.
“We did not anticipate that to occur, but my father feared that it would. This was so close that it made mother cry “said Jessica’s younger brother, Oscar Habil.
Jessica lost consciousness and was rushed to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Nevertheless, she awoke with the engagement ring already on her finger, as Charo insisted he would marry her whether she was alive or dead.
“I have learned a very difficult lesson; we would have murdered my wife in this manner. The devil is dishonest “Charo stated in a telephone interview.
Jessica, on the other hand, notes that despite the fact that things did not go as planned, she does not feel bad because her family intended to make her special day memorable.