LATEST UPDATES: Doctor Reveals Why Butaleja Conjoined Twins Died


By Ambrose Weere



Shaban Kiwanuka, father of the conjoined twins

The Busolwe conjoined twins who passed on early Wednesday morning 4th November could have shared a weak heart.


Speaking to this reporter yesterday, Dr. Ivan Wambi said the twins most likely shared one heart which was not strong enough to sustain both of them.


“The cause of the death is unclear but I suspect that the twins shared a heart and it was too weak to serve the two,” Dr. Wambi said.


Dr. Wambi had earlier said that the District hospital which serves the three districts of Namutumba, Budaka and Butaleja does not have a scanning machine. In effect therefore, they were unable to identify the organ shared by the twins.

The twins died when the poor parents were still struggling to raise money to enable them reach Mulago National Referral Hospital.


Mr Shaban Kiwanuka, the father and resident of Bugosa Village, Butaleja Sub-county, said the death of his babies was painful, adding that he tried to solicit money from friends and relatives but nobody came to his rescue in time.


“I was referred to Mulago hospital on Monday but I failed to raise money needed.  This is so sad,” Mr Kiwanuka said.


He added: “I wish the hospital was capable of handling the situation, maybe my babies would have survived.” Ms Namulundu is said to be in critical condition at Busolwe hospital.


“My wife is also not well as I talk now. And I don’t have any money to take her for better medication. I have been advised to take her to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital but I don’t have money,” he said.


Meanwhile, the mother of the twins, Marita Numulunde, is still admitted at Busolwe Hospital in critical condition.





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