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Last Survivor of Makindye Collapsed Building Still in ICU

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.
19 May 2020 17:23
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.