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Save a life: Baby with heart condition needs sh18m

By Carol Kasujja

Added 12th October 2020 08:28 PM

Right now the child is admitted at the Uganda Heart Institute and the parents have been asked to pay sh50m for an operation to be conducted this week.

Save a life: Baby with heart condition needs sh18m

Joan Nalubiri with her daughter

Right now the child is admitted at the Uganda Heart Institute and the parents have been asked to pay sh50m for an operation to be conducted this week.

Joan Nalubiri, a 25-year-old mother, is seeking assistance to treat her 10-month-old daughter after she been stranded with her in different hospitals.

The child now has difficulty in breathing, diminishing eyes and she is becoming weak because she does not want to eat.

Nalubiri, a resident of Ggaba, told New Vision that when her child was two months old, she was plagued by an unknown illness, which manifested itself through unusual crying and difficulty in breathing.

"At five months when the breathing became worse, I took her to Mulago Hospital but while in the line waiting, some lady advised me to take her to Kireka to a certain doctor's clinic where she was handled badly," Nalubiri said.

After visiting a doctor in Kireka who was operating a clinic in his home, she went back home thinking that her firstborn was well.

"The child never became better instead she worsened I took her back to Mulago Hospital and that is where it was discovered that the first doctor never operated on her, he just cut her in the chest," Nalubiri said.

Right now the child is admitted at the Uganda Heart Institute and the parents have been asked to pay sh18m for an operation to be conducted this week.

"The truth is I have looked for money from my church friends and relatives, but I have failed to raise even sh10m, I need to bring up this child and I beg well-wishers for help," she said.

Medical documents signed by, Dr Michael Charles Oketcho, the head of the Pediatric cardiac surgery at the Uganda Heart Institute, show that Bukenya has a complex congenital heart anomaly. Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR)

"This requires urgent surgical correction in an attempt to save her life," signed Dr Oketcho.

Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR) is a rare congenital malformation in which all four pulmonary veins do not connect normally to the left atrium.

Instead, the four pulmonary veins drain abnormally to the right atrium (right upper chamber) by way of an abnormal (anomalous) connection.

A baby with TAPVR, always gets less oxygen than is needed to the body.

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