The ‘Miracle’ of Bukuuku Neonatal care unit 18 year
18 year old Kangume a peasant farmer from Nyango Village, Bukuuku sub-county, Kabarole distict was expecting her second child.
At 29 weeks of pregnancy just before her 3rd antenatal visit her ‘waters broke’. Scared and confused she was rushed to the nearby Bukuuku HC IV which is 10km away on a boda boda (motor bike). On arrival at the health center, she was informed that she had twins and that they were in a transverse lie. She needed to be immediately in order to save the babies.
A few minutes later, Kangume was a proud mother of twin baby boys. Her happiness was however short lived as her babies had low birth weights with near-zero chances of survival. Her babies named Kato and Isingoma had birth weights of 800g and 955g respectively had trouble breathing, feeding and keeping warm. They were taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and put on oxygen in an incubator and fed on expressed breast milk through a nasogastric tube and intravenous fluids. Unfortunately Kato died 4 days after birth due to breathing complications. After seven days Isingoma had stabilized and was able to breastfeed. Kangaroo mother care (KMC) was initiated right from birth until they were discharged he attained was 8 weeks with a weight of 2100g. at 8 weeks of age and was discharged home. One week after discharge at his first follow up visit, baby Isingoma had gained Although Kangume lost one of her twins, she is thankful that at least she has Isingoma. ‘ I thank God that at least Isingoma is alive. I had never heard or seen a premature baby before in my life’, Kangume explains. She urges mothers to seek antenatal care services at the facilities in case of any danger sign. Kangume continued with kangaroo mother care while at home although she feared being laughed at in the community. She is grateful for the support from her mother in-law. She and the death of one of the twins was her first experience.
I thank God that at least Isingoma is alive. I had never heard or seen a premature baby before in my life” Kangume
Isingoma had a birth weight of 0.9kg and increased to 5.6 kg after 5 months