A Kenyan woman’s marriage proposal almost resulted in tragedy after she accidentally swallowed the engagement ring hidden in her food.
A report by the National Kenya indicates that the woman identified as Jessica Hawayu and her family gathered for a family party on Sunday,12th March 2023 at her house in Gongoni, Tana River County.
Jessica had no idea that her future spouse named Johannah Charo and the family had organized a surprise engagement celebration.
The day got off to a good start with food being prepared by family members. Jessica was given the responsibility of making her father’s favourite meal.
“Pilau is our father’s favourite and also her boyfriend’s. So she knew she was doing it for dad and dedicated herself to it,” said her sister, Melanie Hawayu.
While waiting for the go-ahead from his girlfriend’s family, the boyfriend and his friends hung out in the neighbourhood.
They got a text at around 2 pm telling them to start moving toward the location as the tables were being arranged.
The woman’s mother and the lady’s boyfriend devised a scheme to hide the engagement band in a serving of pilau, where she would find it.
“Dad had protested the idea but since there was no better idea, we decided to take a chance with the one we had and proceeded with it,” Melanie revealed.
Serving the food, Jessica’s mother kept sending her off on chores while burying the ring in the dish.
Charo was about to emerge from behind the girlfriend’s bench after sneaking into the property.
It was all laughter and joy at the table as Charo tiptoed towards the table, a move that was cut short when his girlfriend started choking on the food.
All attempts were made to save her as she got up from the table and rushed to her father, who struck her three times on the back before she threw up the ring.
“We did not anticipate that would happen, but dad feared it would. That was so close, it left mum crying,” said Oscar Habil, Jessica’s younger brother.
After collapsing, Jessica was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Charo insisted that he would marry her whether she was living or deceased, but she awoke to answer, “Yes,” with the engagement band already on her finger.
“I have learned a very hard lesson, that is how we would have killed my wife. The devil is a liar,” said Charo in a phone interview.
Despite the fact that things did not go as expected, Jessica says she does not feel terrible about the family’s plans because they all wanted to make her day special.