On February 21st, whilst in Uganda, I met a 16 year old who had been unable to give birth at Suubi Medical Centre due to a lack of equipment and medications. She was in labour and had to be taken by motorcycle to the main hospital whilst having contractions, where a lack of midwife’s in an extremely busy hospital, meant she was very poorly treated and left bleeding after giving birth.
This young lady was already traumatised after being lured out of education with the promise of a better life, but once pregnant, left by the man. She was so very depressed when we met her.
Yesterday a couple if members of staff from Suubi Medical Centre went to visit her to find out how she is doing now.
She is physically improving and managing her baby Jennifer well, with the help of her mother, but I am sure her trauma will take a lot longer to heal.
This is the report I was sent back from the visit:
FOLLOW UP REPORT MADE AT A HOME VISIT AT ON 5th-MARCH- 2020.
Mother’s name: ######
CASE HISTORY ON HER REFERRAL.
This mother gave birth to a live baby girl who weighed 2.8kg, cried immediately after birth and was in good condition after birth.
But mother’s condition was not good at all according to her history during birth and after delivery, here it goes;
Mother reports that during their time of arrival to the hospital (Nakavule) in Iganga district on 19th-02-2020, the midwife they found welcomed them, checked all they had carried before assessing her condition and then criticized them and advised to have more money so as to buy more that was needed.
They were told to buy a litre of Jik, 1kg of Omo, cotton roll, toilet paper, roll of gauze, and gloves. Fortunately, #’s mother had some money and bought them all. This was at 8:30pm.
She was then examined and told to wait for some time, but the midwife said, “According to my findings, she had a big baby which might lead her to getting serious and deep tears or even episiotomy.”
At around 1:30AM , she started giving birth, she was told to start pushing the baby seriously and she was also trying but suddenly, the midwife got angry and told her attendant to come and assist by watching over the birth canal till she sees the baby’s head, then she calls the midwife to come and intervene.
During the struggle for the baby’s head to come out, the mother got a deep and wide tear plus an episiotomy which was done to expand the birth canal for the baby to pass.
After all that had been done, the mother was asked to buy nine “SUTURES” to be repaired and also Pitocin(oxytocin) one ampule that was to help her stop bleeding.
#’s mother requested the midwife to do the suturing since it was late in the night and had no money at the moment, but the midwife refused to repair her till morning when she had to go off duty and handed over to another midwife.
When another midwife came, #”s mum requested her to repair but also said, “It’s not my role to repair a mother I didn’t do delivery, so try else where or another midwife.”
She reports that she stayed for all those hours from 1:30AM to 10:00AM while in heavy bleeding and severe pain.
According to my assessment, the mother looks anaemic, still weak up to now though recovering slowly, Hoping she will be okay.
Lucky enough, she was later reported and worked upon and got discharged but without drugs.
Reported by: Midwife-Twasaba Justine ( permission given to tell her story to support other women to not have to go through the same trauma).
We know we cannot magically find the money we need for a proper examination bed (£150) or some of the other equipment necessary at this moment, as it will take time to raise money and build our little Centre up, but we are hoping to gain enough monthly subscriptions of just £3 over the next few months, to be able to have the security of knowing we can supply all the medications needed, and then we can start to get the more expensive equipment with extra fundraising events.
If you would like to support us, please contact us..