His kind act went viral on social media today as they appeared in a photo featuring Tom Close and his wife Tricia Niyonshuti holding the baby.
IGIHE has learnt that Tom Close had a wish to adopt a baby. According to relatives of the family, Tom Close had previously gone to Nyagatare to get another child rescued from the road but the mother was identified upon arrival.
Few days later, Tom Close learnt about another baby abandoned on streets and rushed to Nyagatare to pick him.
— Kim Kamasa (@KimKamasa) June 13, 2019
The gesture has been welcomed by different social media users.
“A renowned Rwandan artist Tom Close has adopted a three-week old baby boy who was abandoned on the streets of Nyagatare recently. What a noble gesture!” Kim Kamasa said in a tweet.
“May God bless you. I don’t have words to express emotions. It is an outstanding deed,” said Daniel Gahamanyi.
Sylidio Sebuharara said: "Humanity among humans! Teach him to be keen on widening thoughts and forgiving. May God bless your works!”
IGIHE called Tom Close for comments but could not reply while her wife’s phone was offline by press time.
Tom Close married Niyonshuti Ange Tricia on 30th November 2013 at Saint Etienne Church located in Nyarugenge.
They have begotten two children including the first born daughter Ella Ineza born on 16th August 2014 and a boy Elan born on 25th June 2017.
Tom Close was recently in April 2019 appointed Director of Regional Center for Blood Transfusion (RCBT-Kigali) by the cabinet.
Prior to the appointment, he previously worked as the Head of Blood Donor Recruitment at Rwanda Biomedical Center.
He had been elected in February 2017 to chair the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) based in 13 African countries.
Tom Close also worked as a pediatrician at Police Hospital before appointment in RBC.