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Masaka Teachers Seek UUGX32M For Their Baby's 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.
Tr.Josephine Nangoobi with her baby Mudavid who is in need of heart surgery

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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 heart attacks.  

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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 Prevention (CDC).

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 abnormalities. 

   

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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.  

   

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