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Six Month-Old Baby With Craniofacial Anomaly Gets UGX 5m for Surgery

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wakiso together with the Rotary Club of Wakiso has mobilized funds to purchase a titanium plate which will be inserted in the baby’s face to act as the missing bone and support her non-functioning features.
31 Jul 2020 15:45
Moreen Agwanyi and father Patrick Babalanda at St. Joseph's hospital Wakiso where the money for th operation was handed over to Sr. Najjuka

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A six-month-old baby girl who was born with craniofacial anomaly has received five million shillings to undergo reconstruction surgery.

Craniofacial anomalies are deformities in the growth of the head and facial bones. Some of the anomalies are mild while some are severe and require surgery.

Studies have shown that women who do not take sufficient folic acid during pregnancy or have a diet lacking in folic acid, may have a higher risk of having a baby with certain congenital anomalies, including cleft lip and cleft palate.

Maureen Agwanyi from Kibuku in Katakwi district was born without the orbital bone on the right side of her face below the eye.

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wakiso together with the Rotary Club of Wakiso have now mobilized funds to purchase a titanium plate which will be inserted in Agwanyi's face to act as the missing bone and support her non-functioning features.

Sr. Dr Justine Lillian Najjuka, a plastic surgeon at Mbarara University of Science and Technology-MUST, says that Agwanyi’s problem is not the usual cleft lip because there are many abnormal features that she was born with.

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A team of experts including oral maxilla facial surgeons, eye reconstruction surgeons and cleft lip and pallet surgeons will operate Agwanyi at Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Najjuka says that apart from the orbital bone which is missing, Agwanyi has all other features like any normal person which needs to be put right.  

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Dr Nicholas Mugagga the in-charge of St. Joseph’s hospital Wakiso says that in June and July 52 babies with cleft lip have been operated on during a free medical camp. He, however, says that since Agwanyi’s case was special, they requested the Rotary club of Wakiso for financial assistance.

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The Wakiso LCV Vice-Chairperson Betty Ethal Naluyima says that the government should elevate the district Health Center IV to a hospital. She explains that once elevated, the facility will be in a position to handle minor surgeries some of which are currently referred to Mulago.

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