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Rural hospital refers peculiar baby to UTH

KELVIN MBEWE, Monze
A RARE maternal case has been recorded at Chikuni Mission Hospital in Monze district where a baby girl has been born with a growth the size

of its head attached to the buttocks.
The hospital’s acting sister-in charge Vivian Chanda is worried about an increase of such unusual births at the hospital. She says the hospital recently recorded the birth of a baby with a small head. The baby did not survive.
The hospital’s medical licentiate Eugene Mulenga said the baby girl with the growth was born on July 18, 2017 and will be referred to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) for specialized surgery.
“Initially the mother came for a scan and the person in charge noticed that the unborn baby had something that looked like a head on its buttocks despite having a head in the normal position and the person couldn’t tell what exactly it was,” he said.
He, however, said the mother was referred to another hospital to undergo another scan where they saw a normal baby with another head which had no body attached to it.
“We kept the pregnant woman under observation until we carried out a caesarian despite her not being in labour because the baby seemed mature enough to come out,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said the mother of the child did not give birth easily.
“The baby failed to come until after some operations were carried out. When the baby came out, we noticed that she had a growth on the sac row area or the buttocks,” he said.
He said the growth is not cancerous.
“It’s a growth that can be operated on but we have to refer the case to the University Teaching Hospital for specialised surgery. It is possible for the operation to succeed although there could be complications but chances of a successful operation are also high.

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