He remembers with nostalgia the first time he treated a body for preservation at the age of 14, the way he shook with fright thinking the dead person would come back to life. the teenager then in standard six frightfully but skillfully made the ‘six point’ injections on the cadaver.
This entailed injecting six crucial parts of the body with formalin, a preservative to keep it from decomposing awaiting burial.
But as much as Subisuso Chebii was scared and stiff, this was the moment he has been waiting for and he was glad his grandfather gave it to him.
Chebii said: “My grandfather was both the village veterinarian and mortician and I was always intrigued at how he could be able to help preserve a body until burial. I had an itch to learn and discover the mystery behind the whole thing.”
One that fateful day, he narrates, his grandfather now deceased took him to a homestead where someone had died and asked everyone to leave the house.