A couple in Emolio in Teso North, Busia County, is seeking help after a woman gave birth to a baby with a deformity that can be described as “two heads”.
Nancy Apoma, 25, gave birth to the baby at Alupe Hospital and noticed that the child had developed a huge swelling and was discharged due to a lack of finances without knowing what to do exactly.
“I delivered baby Given Aramisi at Alupe Hospital three weeks ago. My child has “two” heads and was discharged before anybody could tell me the problem, its cause, and its cure,” Ms. Apoma said.
The woman said she did not have any complications during her pregnancy and she has been going for monthly check-ups at a local dispensary.
Mr. Brian Masitsa, the medical officer in charge of Alupe, said there were no complications during delivery.
“The baby (however) has a congenital deformity, in this case, this is what we refer to as neural tube defects and they happen in the first month of pregnancy,” he said.
According to WHO, some congenital anomalies can be treated through surgical and non-surgical options such as cleft clip and palate.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.