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Baby born without a urinal passage operated on and recovering

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    She now plays and hardly cries unnecessarily after a successful operation that saw her mother, 23-year old Namugenyi Ssempijja smile again. “The baby can now urinate six times a day and is in proper condition,” a smiling Ssempijja says.

    Ssempijja was worried when the doctors told her that her baby would be operated at Cure hospital in Mbale yet her husband had deserted her and refused to come to the hospital since she gave birth.

    A resident of Acholi quarters in Kireka, a Kampala suburb, Namugenyi was admitted at Christ Medical Centre in Kitubulu-Entebbe on June 30, where she delivered a baby girl without an opening at the urethra. The urethra is a tube in the body that drains urine out of the body from the bladder.

    Dr Moses Muhumuza, a Surgeon at Christ Medical centre in Entebbe says that he was moved by Ssempijja’s plight after the husband refused to come to the hospital. “I spent sleepless nights contemplating on how best the girl can be helped and made up my mind to carry out the operation to save the baby,” he says.

    Dr Muhumuza says that though he spent a lot of time contemplating, reading and consulting his senior medics before carrying out the surgery, it was God entirely who made it successful. It helped, according to the surgeon, that the kidneys and tubes joining the urinary bladder were all fine and the problem was the urethra opening out of the body.

    The baby weighed about 3.3kgs at birth and was fine other than failing to urinate. She was operated on July 6 and even though the wound is still healing, she and her mother are recovering well. Christ Medical Centre administrator, Ms Grace Karungi, said that they dropped the mother’s medical bills because the husband had deserted the lady and had no care taker.

    Source: Monitor-Kampala