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Posted Thursday, January 10 2013 at 00:00
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10-year-old accident victim got help
Thanks to the aid that was sent to him by President Museveni after the Daily Monitor ran his story, Ayubu Kiluyu, the boy whose leg and testicles were crushed in an accident, can now pass urine normally.
On Thursday, December 13, 2012, we ran a story of Ayubu Kiluyu, a 10-year-old boy whose left leg and testicles got crushed when a lorry driver knocked him on his way to school last year.
In the story, Ayubu said he was going through a lot of pain and that he hardly slept as a result of the accident. His urinary tract had been damaged as well; urine often leaked out of one of the fresh upper wounds on his lower abdomen.
Even worse, every 10 minutes, he would get the urge to urinate and when he did so, the urine would come painfully, drop by drop and it was dark in colour.
Since Kiluyu needed Shs10m for the operation in order to correct all the above listed problems, his father and mother’s phone contacts were put at the end of the story so that they could easily be reached in case someone wanted to help their son.
The first phone call Ayubu’s father, Siraji Baluziye, received the day the story ran was at about 10am and it was from a lady who the president had instructed to get in touch with the boy’s family. She asked Baluziye to go to state house to pick the money needed for his son’s treatment.
As much as he doubted her words, Baluziye decided to go mainly out of desperation since he hardly had any money. Surprisingly, the lady who had called him earlier on phone received Baluziye at state house, then, asked for both his and the son’s identification cards and immediately handed over the money to him.
“She told me that it was the president who had instructed her to give me the money after he read about the boy’s condition in the Daily Monitor newspaper that morning,” Baluziye says.
“It was unbelievable,” he adds.
Kiluyu was able to have the operation the following morning at Mengo Hospital. A few days after the operation, Kiluyu was saying he was already fine.
“The pain that I used to have before the operation is now completely gone and even the leakage has stopped,” Kiluyu says with a beaming smile on his face.
“At least now I can urinate normally and my urine is back to the normal colour,” he adds.
With his urinary tract now repaired, Kiluyu says he cannot wait to go back home and play normally with his other three younger siblings. But above all, he wants to thank President Museveni for coming to his aid.
After the operation, other well-wishers also made monetary and non-monetary contributions to Kiluyu’s wellbeing. Some of them are Housing Finance Bank (Shs3m), Multiple Pharmacy (Shs1m) and Lake Bounty Ltd Ntinda (Shs50,000).