Woman abandons conjoined twins at hospital a day after giving birth
Posted Tuesday, October 1 2013 at 17:10
A woman gave birth to conjoined female twins in Mbarara Hospital and a day later, after the twins were taken to the intensive care unit, abandoned them in the hospital.
Police in Mbarara say the woman could be charged with attempted infanticide when arrested after she fled the hospital with her partner.
Nabellah Katusiime gave birth to the conjoined female twins on Saturday, and together with her husband Sabila Mwanje abandoned them.
The twins are fused at their shoulders and have one arm each on either side. They share a chest, stomach and the female genital tract. Doctors at the hospital say they are unstable and cannot feed and breathe on their own.
Doctors put them on supplemental oxygen and fed them with intravenous fluids in the intensive care unit where they were on Monday evening when their parents fled.
Katusiime, 26, who hails from Kijungu, Nyamityobora Ward, Kakoba Division delivered by caesarian section at around 5pm on Saturday.
The couple left behind Saidat Namande, the paternal grandmother to the twins, in the hospital.
A pediatrician at the hospital, Dr Peters Kalubi, says the twin’s condition has to stabilize first before further investigations are done to find ascertain what other organs they share.
“What is urgent is stabilizing them. They are now quite unstable for any surgery,” Dr Kalubi said. “We are not sure if they share lungs, we are not sure whether they have one liver, we have to do investigations when they are in stable condition.”
Earlier, before she fled the hospital, Katusiime said she “cannot manage” looking after the twins.
“If there are people to come and take them let them come. I cannot manage. I am not working, and so is my husband,” she told Daily Monitor before breaking down in tears.
Mbarara Hospital Executive Director, George Upenytho, said they are referring the case to Mulago Hospital. But Ms Namande said she can’t afford the costs that will be involved.
“I am a widow of five children who has no any source of income. How will I manage when referred to Mulago,” she said.
“My son told me immediately that he cannot own them after I told him of their births. He said he was leaving when we were still at the theatre. His wife also told me that she has given them to me. I am very disturbed, but I will look after them until God decides otherwise,” Ms Namande said.
Polly Namaye, the South western region police spokesperson, told this newspaper that police is looking for the couple.