How CT Scan Ended Old Kampala Hospital Kidney Harvesting Saga. A 25-year old man who claims Old Kampala Hospital removed his kidney was born with just one organ, according to the results of a CT scan.
After Muhammad Kabanda claimed Old Kampala Hospital removed his kidney without his permission, police took over the investigation and ordered the scan, which was done at Kampala Imaging Centre.
However, the results of the abdomen scan revealed that Kabanda only had the right kidney at birth, a condition known as renal agenesis in medicine.
According to doctors, kids who only have one kidney are completely healthy and lead regular lives.
To maintain the health of their single kidney, they must be watched, nevertheless.
Dr. Moses Byaruhanga, the Director of Police Health Services, handed the family the scan results on Saturday and said that Kabanda was born with one kidney that was larger than the average kidney and that he had numerous renal arteries, even though there is typically only one artery per kidney.
“A renal artery is intended to be one, but in this case, there are several renal arteries present to maintain the right kidney’s aberrant structure and make up for the left kidney’s absence. This is what the scan shows,” Dr. Byaruhanga said.
He went on to say that it was ludicrous because the surgeon had chosen a tissue from the side of the body where there was no kidney.
Because these tissues are compatible and difficult for the body to reject, Dr. Byaruhanga explains that when a surgeon requires a tissue to use during the procedure, it is extracted from the patient’s body.
Dr. Byaruhanga stated that when a patient needs a repair during surgery, the tissue must be taken from the patient because the body might reject a foreign tissue from another person and cause a reaction. He also added that the tissue is taken from a section of the body that has some fat and that the cutting to obtain a tissue is made on the surface, not deep into the body.
The incision made on Kabanda’s belly, which was just about 10 centimetres long, was unlikely to be one for kidney harvesting, according to Dr. Byaruhanga. He claims that typically, a surgeon would make a larger cutting when removing a large organ like a kidney.
However, Kabanda continued to be unsatisfied and continues to question the findings that said he was born with one kidney.
Kabanda filed a report with the Old Kampala police station earlier this week, stating that when he went for treatment for injuries he received in an accident, his left kidney was removed. According to him, he was requested to pay 3.35 million shillings to fund the surgery on his seriously wounded forehead.
On September 25, 2022, a surgeon he recognised as Dr. Alex Mugalu took him for surgery. Kabanda reports that he was shocked to find himself with two wounds—one on his forehead and the other on his abdomen—when he exited the theatre. The surgeon claimed, however, that he had used abdominal body tissue to cover the head wound.
However, Kabanda had a sneaking suspicion that his organs had been taken, which led him to have scans at Malcolm Health Care and Mengo Hospital, which showed he only had one kidney. He then called the police to report the incident.
As police started their investigations, Dr. Richard Ambayo, a police surgeon, advised that either a brain CT scan or an abdominal pelvis CT scan be performed at Mulago Hospital or Kampala Imaging Center. Dr. Ambayo inquired in his referral notes as to whether Kabanda had one or two kidneys and whether any had been removed through surgery. On Friday, Kabanda went for the scans.
Dr. Ssentongo Katumba, the registrar of the Uganda Medical Council, said that investigations into the incident have been begun and that the hospital and the accused doctor have since provided a defence and the patient’s records. According to Dr. Katumba, they have invited Kabanda for a checkup to assist them in conducting a separate inquiry.
“We must understand what took place. We anticipate seeing him on Monday so we can assess him. Since the issue is public knowledge and the public needs to be informed, it is crucial that we obtain answers and notify the public, according to Dr. Katumba.
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