By Hanifa Namuwonge
Tragedy befell a mother when a pig wandered into her house in search of food and chewed her baby's face.
The incident that left the three-weeks old baby without lips, a damaged nose and fingers happened in Bunjuzi village, Nabigasa sub county, Rakai district when the pig broke free from a tether in the compound and wandered into the house where the baby was lyign down in the sitting room.
The seemingly hungry animal pounced on the baby while the mother, Prossy Nakidde (right), was in the kitchen preparing supper.
Nakidde said she had just bathed her baby and gone to the kitchen when she heard the baby, Juliana Nakyanzi, wailing at the top of her voice.
She said she rushed into the house to find the granting animal chewing on the baby. She said she had to struggle with the animal to rescue her baby.
The horror of the injuries came to bear when she realised the baby had no lips, her nose had been partially chewed off and her little hands were bleeding.
She said she called out to her mother, Regina Nakirijja Mutuusa for help and they rushed the baby to Masaka hospital.
Nankya Annet a nurse at the hospital said the baby would require plastic surgery but as of now she could only be fed breast milk from a cup through a tube as she can not suckle.
Nankya said the immedidate thing would be to treat the baby's wounds before referring her to Mulago national referral hospital for specialised treatment.
Dr. Kirumira Mukasa, a veterinary doctor in Masaka said the pig could have been starved and ate the first thing she came across.
It unusual for pigs top eat humans but in such instances when they are starved they can eat anything, said the doctor.
He also noted that the animal could have infected the baby and she woukld need immediate checkup. He cautioned people to have proper structures to keep animals in order to avoid such incidences.