A 9-year-old child was beaten severely by his step mother until his intestines got out.
Ronald Kanamwanje has so far under gone three surgeries and is currently waiting for his fourth surgery at Uganda Friendship Hospital, Naguru after he suffered intestinal injuries resulting from beaten severely by his step mother
Three months ago, Kanamwanje’s stepmother allegedly hit him on the stomach after he tried to enter the house but his step mother was seated in the door way.
According to Kanamwanje, she later told him he could pass but as he was walking through, she hit him hard, with her fist on his stomach. “She continued to beat me,” Kanamwanje said. On realizing that she had injured him severely, she told him not to tell anyone, threatening that if he did so, she would “kill” him. “She hit me on the stomach and told me not tell anybody. I feared and didn’t tell my father,” Kanamwanje said.
A week later, the boy started vomiting blood and complaining of stomach ache. His mother, Ms Margret Namukwaya, was called in and she took her son to a Health Centre III in Kasawo, Mukono District.
He was referred to Mulago National Referral hospital. “By the time it was noticed, it was late. The intestines had started rotting. We went to Mulago and they operated on him thrice. The situation got worse and they said they would work on him again,” Ms Namukwaya said, adding: “I reported the case to police but the lady ran away.”
According to Dr Wilberforce Kabweru, the head of Naguru Hospital theatre, Kanamwanje was admitted at the facility a month ago looking wasted and anaemic and because of that, they could not operate on him immediately.
“When I received him, he had been through three operations at Mulago. They were quite successful although there were complications. He is nine years old. When I admitted him, he was 19kgs and still weighs the same. He is likely to be reviewed for a long time. I might review him for about 20 years,” Dr Kabweru said.
The doctor explained that they had done two operations; resection and anastomosis of the small intestines because Kanamwanje had intestine obstruction at three points due to adhesion.