According to Nangoobi, the doctors at the Uganda Heart Institute (UHI) recommended surgery for Mudavid to live. They add that the operation must be done within a few weeks since delays put his life at stake.
A family in Masaka city is stranded with their
eleven-month-old son, Mark Jethra Mudavid who is battling a Congenital Heart Defect-CHD.
Josephine Nangoobi and Paul Elolo, both private school
teachers and residents of Kasijjagirwa village in Masaka city, are
struggling to raise more than Shillings 32,000,000 (USD9063.25) to take the
baby for open-heart surgery in India.
According to Nangoobi, the doctors at
the Uganda Heart Institute (UHI) recommended surgery for Mudavid to live.
They add that the operation must be done within a few weeks since delays put
his life at stake.
Congenital heart disease is simply a range of
birth defects that affect the normal way the heart functions. Nangoobi says
that doctors examined Mudavid on October 28, 2020 and found him with the CHD
problem, which requires a surgical procedure for him to survive.
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She, however, says that they are financially
incapacitated since the schools where they work are still closed due to the
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) induced lockdown.
Nangoobi says that the baby suffers from constant
flue, shortness of breath, chest pain and hardly sleep in addition to chronic
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According to the medical report seen by the URN,
Mudavid was also diagnosed with the Down syndrome, a condition where someone has
an extra chromosome. Chromosomes are small “packages” of genes in the body.
They determine how a baby's body forms and functions as it grows during
pregnancy and after birth, according to the Centre for Disease Control and
According to Dr. Emmanuel Lugwana, the Director-Master
Cares Bethlehem Community Hospital (MCBCH, the word congenital suggests, is an
abnormality with several causes including alcoholism, drug abuse, use of
teratogenic medicines, which can disturb the development of the embryo or fetus.
He advises expectant mothers and those preparing to become pregnant to avoid
things, which can affect the baby’s growth. Dr. Emmanuel Ssekyeru, the Medical Superintendent of Kalisizo
Hospital, says that the heart like any other part of the body can develop
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About the signs and symptoms, Ssekyeru noted that
the baby has difficulty in breathing, gets tired easily while breastfeeding and
has poor weight gain among other symptoms.