Jinja hospital director Edward Nkurunziza says that the mother, identified as Betty Biribawa suffered from antepartum haemorrhage, a serious complication of pregnancy which is sometimes caused by uterine rapture. At 32 weeks of the pregnancy, the mother was bleeding uncontrollably, warranting an emergency C-section to save her life.
An intern doctor who accidentally
cut off a baby’s hand during a caesarean section was working on false
examination results, Jinja hospital director Edward Nkurunziza has said.
Nkurunziza who declined to name
the trainee said this afternoon that fetoscope results undertaken by the team
on duty, on the fateful day, failed to show the fetal heartbeat, after
examining the expectant mother who was presented to them after excessive
He adds that the mother,
identified as Betty Biribawa suffered from antepartum haemorrhage, a serious
complication of pregnancy which is sometimes caused by uterine rupture. At 32
weeks of the pregnancy, the mother was bleeding uncontrollably, warranting an
emergency C-section to save her life.
Nkurunziza explains that with a
view of saving the mother’s life, the interns panicked and took Biribawa to the
operating theatre and left her with one of them to simply remove what they had
assumed was a dead baby.
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He adds that all this took place
in the absence of mandatory supervision by a senior doctor as recommended for
such a medical operation.
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A health worker who spoke on
condition of anonymity said that he heard the baby’s cry for several hours as
the interns laboured to stitch her injured hand.
“I was helping out in a surgical
procedure when the baby started crying and I wasn’t carried away thinking that
it was a child’s cry at birth only to realize later that, the interns were
stitching her chopped arm,” he says.
Biribawa on her part says that
she presented an ultrasound confirming the fetal heartbeat but the interns
“I reported to the hospital on November
8, and was told to carry out an ultrasound from a neighbouring clinic which
reflected positive response for the fetal heartbeat, but the doctors ignored it
claiming that my child had succumbed to the excessive bleeding,” she says.
The 1.2 kg baby is undergoing
treatment at the hospital’s special care unit.