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Woman 29, Stuck at Mulago with Urinary Complications

A 29-year-old woman is languishing in Mulago Hospital after losing both her baby and uterus while giving birth. Hadija Nansubuga is now also nursing a ruptured urinary bladder after undergoing a complicated delivery.
A 29-year-old woman is languishing in Mulago Hospital after losing both her baby and uterus while giving birth.

 

Hadija Nansubuga is now also nursing a ruptured urinary bladder after undergoing a complicated delivery.

 

Nansubuga, a resident of Nsambya Kevina Zone, a Kampala suburb, was rushed to Mulago three months ago from nearby Jordan Clinic, after she failed to deliver her six-pound baby.

 

According to her best friend, Nuura Owomugisha, on arrival at Mulago national referral hospital, Nansubuga was not attended to as the medics on duty reportedly said the theatre had been closed and there wasn’t much they could do.

 

Owomugisha says with the baby half-way out, Nansubuga had to bear the pain till midday the following day when the now dead baby was removed.

 

By that time the uterus had ruptured and had to be removed. Her bladder’s muscles too got damaged and now she cannot control the flow of urine and stool.

 

Although Nansubuga went home after the ordeal, she had to return to Mulago three weeks ago after her condition worsened. She needs urgent surgery but to date she has not got the opportunity.

 

A nurse on duty, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she is not mandated to speak on behalf of the hospital, said Nansubuga is on a waiting list of those to be operated during a surgery camp currently in Northern Uganda.

 

The nurse said the surgery camp is expected at Mulago this week and hopefully Nansubuga will get the opportunity to get the much needed surgery.

 

Uganda Radio Network could not get an official comment on Nansubuga from the hospital administration.

 

As she waits for the surgery opportunity, Nansubuga says she is experiencing a lot of pain in her abdomen, private parts and legs. She describes the pain as prickly, like sharp stones grinding inside her.

 

Speaking with difficulty, Nansubuga says she uncontrollably lets out urine and stool and has to lie on her bed instead of sitting upright.

 

Nansubuga applauds her husband, Swaleh Mugisha, and her best friend, Nuura Owomugisha, for being by her side throughout her ordeal. She says the two have been so supportive to her making her forget her woes.

 

Nansubuga says she is wondering why she is not being operated upon and appeals to any well-wishers to come to her help. As she waits, Ward 11 in Old Mulago remains her current home.

 

Her friend Owomugisha says doctors have said that her condition may need three million shillings for the operation.

 

A community on Facebook has launched an appeal seeking urgent help for Nansubuga, who says she is optimistic about the future, despite her ordeal.

 

On the removed uterus, Nansubuga says she is not bothered saying she will devote her life looking after her two children, a boy aged 15 and a girl aged nine.

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