It is very easy to notice the frown Ayubu Kiluyu, 10, wears on his face the first time one meets him.
His eyes too are constantly teary and reddish as if he is trying very hard to suppress some sort of intense pain in his body.
But the truth of the matter is that Kiluyu is actually experiencing a lot of pain.
The pain is as a result of the severe injuries he sustained in November last year when a lorry knocked him at Banda stage in Kampala.
“I remember just finishing crossing the road when a heavily loaded lorry came towards me and knocked me down on to the road,” the 10-year-old recalls with tears in his eyes.
“In the process, my shorts ended up clutching on to the lorry tyres and as a result, the vehicle continued dragging me up to Banda fuel station where it eventually stopped after people had started shouting at the driver,” Kiluyu says.
As Kiluyu wailed in pain with crushed bloody left leg and lower part of his belly, the driver decided to flee abandoning his heavily loaded lorry with scrap material.
It is good samaritans who eventually took him to Mulago hospital where he was quickly attended to by various doctors and nurses.
Kiluyu’s father, Siraji Baluziye, 47, an electronic appliance repairer, says the four months his son spent in the hospital were the worst in his entire life because he resorted to begging, pleading and acquiring loans to pay Kiluyu’s medical bills.
“I used all these three avenues for getting money because I badly wanted my son to have a second chance at life,” Baluziye says, with sadness in his voice.
At the hospital, various surgeries were performed on him, including skin grafting, amputation of the remaining fragments of bone on his left leg as well as the removal of his testicles which had been totally crushed as well.
After Kiluyu’s four-month stay at the national referral hospital, he was transferred to a private clinic on Bombo Road where he stayed until June this year.
“I had my son transferred to a private clinic because I wanted him monitored at all times by the doctors and nurses since his condition seemed to deteriorate day by day,” Baluziye says.
However, after spending about a month at the clinic, Baluziye says, Kiluyu’s condition slightly improved.
“At least now he has began to talk a little, eat and walk but with the support of a crutch since he lost his left leg completely,” Baluziye adds.