Kenneth Mutala, 30, was rescued by the Police Fire and rescue team, working with the Uganda Red Cross Society two days after the collapse of the building. With a bible in one hand, Mutala’s first word was "Thank you Lord" and his ability to walk with minimal support aroused joy among onlookers.
The last person to be rescued
from a building that collapsed in Makindye slightly more than a week ago, is still
admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at Mulago Hospital.
Kenneth Mutala, 30, was rescued
by the Police Fire and rescue team, working with the Uganda Red Cross Society two
days after the collapse of the building. With a bible in one hand, Mutala’s first
word was "Thank you Lord" and his ability to walk with minimal
support arouse joy among onlookers.
According to a source at the ICU,
the patient was traumatized and had epidural bleeding, a condition which occurs
as a result of a head injury. According to medics, the injury could be a result
of being hit by debris leading to bleeding on between the tough outer membrane
covering the brain and the skull.
Although he had no visible
injuries when he was rescued, the victim keeps losing and regaining
consciousness, as a result of the condition. According to the source at Mulago,
Mutala was subjected to a CT Scan to establish whether his spine, heart, the
entire stomach and arms were intact.
An operation was conducted on the
patient and the bleeding was controlled. The medical team says that no
permanent damage was suffered and the patient is steadily recovering. Mutala is
now off ventilators although he is yet to be discharged from ICU.
The building belonging to a
developer identified as Abraham Kalanzi collapsed on Saturday, May 9, in Kiwempe
village, Makindye Division killing eleven people. Four people including Mutala
were rescued alive and rushed to Mulago hospital. According to Mulago
administrators, two of these were discharged after responding to treatment.
According to Kampala Capital City
Authority KCCA Acting Executive Director Andrew Kitaka, the building had been
condemned by KCCA Physical Planning Directorate in March. However, KCCA has
since suspended two of its officials, the Makindye Division physical planner
Douglas Nsubuga and the inspector of building Peter Kiggundu.