MP Nambooze in stable condition after successful surgery, says family

Saturday November 11 2017

Mukono Municipality Mp Betty Nambooze being

Mukono Municipality Mp Betty Nambooze being handed a bouquet of flowers at Munipal Hospital in Bangolere, India where she was flown for further treatment . COURTESY PHOTO 

By SHABIBAH NAKIRIGYA

KAMPALA

Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke is said to be recovering at Manipal Hospital in Bangalore, India where she was flown for further treatment on her injured backbone.
Ms Nambooze was flown from Bugolobi medical centre in Kampala to India last week. Her Husband, Mr Henry Bakireke who is in India, said that Ms Nambooze had a successful surgery although she still has post-operative pain due to the incision made on the back.

“The operation was done on Wednesday this week and it took six hours. She lost some of her backbones that were replaced by artificial lumbers for her to be able to move on her own ,”Mr Bakireke said.
Last month doctors treating Ms Nambooze advised her to seek treatment abroad for injuries she suffered on her spine during a scuffle over the proposed removal of the presidential age limit in parliament last month. Ms Nambooze was hospitalised at Bugolobi Medical Centre for about a month before she was flown to India.

She was among the 10 MPs hurt after Special Forces Command operatives raided Parliament during the scuffle.
During the scuffle, Ms Nambooze sustained injuries and she was later diagnosed with a condition known as Limber spine.

Mr Bakireke explained that, the government’s failure to honour its pledge in time delayed the operation which affected their costs.
“We still have a time of three to two weeks in India attending to her physiotherapy and inspections from the doctors if she responds well to the medication recommended. Besides the first payments we made before the operation, we have not been able to pay the balance because parliament had promised to have delivered the funds by Thursday but they have not yet done so,’Mr Bakireke said.

He said they need about Shs1.8 million for Physiotherapy and home care nurse every day and Shs500,000 for accommodation and other essentials.
Democratic Party administrator Elvis Kintu said that the party is still looking for more funds.
“We are grateful to DP friends who have contributed but we will continue asking government to take their responsibilities because Ms Nambooze got injured within the precincts of Parliament,” Mr Kintu said.

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