Imperforated Anus boy still needs urgent medical operation

By STAFF REPORTER

 A Nine-year–old boy with an imperforated anus is still in need of urgent medical operation, as his medical condition seems to be getting worse when is growing.

Gift Mikatazo was born on 14 September 2007 with his rear opening (anus) clamped, which prevents him from removing waste material (faeces) from his body.

FILE PHOTO: Six-year-old Gift Mikatazo with the makeshift bag on his abdomen where he excretes his waste material.
FILE PHOTO: Six-year-old Gift Mikatazo with the makeshift bag on his abdomen where he excretes his waste material.

The boy`s biological mother Ms.Lilian Pangula (34) told Caprivi Vision that for the last years she has been referred several times to Katutura State Hospital in the capital Windhoek for proper medical attention of her boy, but all these proved futile.

The concerned mother has once earlier told this paper that it all started when the boy was born, “I realised when a day was born that his rear was closed and that prevented him from egesting”, explains the mother that upon realising the situation, she rushed back to the hospital the very same day she was discharged from Katima Mulilo State Hospital where she says Medical officials only took x-rays of the boy.

The Worried mother explains that she was transferred to Rundu State Hospital the next day where surgery was performed on the boy. “They performed an operation on my son, they brought out his intestine that carries out his wastes, they made an opening on his abdomen and placed a make shift bag which collects and stores the boy’s waste remains”, she said with a sad expression.

She further gruesomely revealed that there are occasions that when the boy urinates, some of the wastes (faeces) come out through his penis along with the urine, “I am really concerned about my son`s condition as his intestines have gotten big as the boy has grown and have even split into two”, cried the worried mother who added that every time the boy egests that his intestines become inflated and balloon drastically which always has her worried.

The boy has also not been able to attend school like the rest of his peers, as fears are that he might injure his wound.

Caprivi Vision understands that the couple`s attempts at getting medical assistance from the Katima Mulilo State Hospital have so far proved futile as they are always given the excuse of the Medical Doctor responsible is always being busy as the boy`s health passport states “Imperforated Anus, child has a colostomy done in 2007, patient needs a pull through discussed with Medical Doctor for paediatric surgery”

The boy’s passport further shows “currently no open dates for the child as specialist is busy with complicated cases”.

In an effort to hear any latest development about the boy from the Katima Mulilo State Hospital Authority Director, Mrs Agnes Mwilima proved futile as she was locked up in her daily meetings.

The parents have also been asking for the donations as they are both un-employed and the boy`s condition requires him to constantly be fed, the bank account details for the boy is Lillian Kabuba Pangula, Account no: 74249042694, for more information call cell: 0814508343.

At the time of going for press, the boy was again sent to Katutura State Hospital for medical attention earlier this year and was later discharged saying the specialist Medical Doctor will contact his parents telephonically after proper bookings.

 

 


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