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Shock as baby born with misplaced nose

30 March 2015, 14:59 Jane Zack

Busia - Residents of Matayos sub-county on Monday flocked Tanaka Nursing Home in Busia to have a glimpse of a child born with multiple congenital malformations on Sunday.

The parents of the baby girl were shocked to see their newborn with multiple birth defects, which include a swollen head (head hydrocephalus), swollen eyes, cleft lip and palate and a misplaced nose on the fore head.

Addressing journalists at the hospital, the child's father said his wife had normal expectancy period of nine months and attended clinic monthly for checkups and no problem was detected.

He said during her expectancy period, she had no major ailments apart from suffering from malaria, which was treated immediately.

"My wife experienced severe bleeding on Saturday during labor pains. I rushed her to hospital where she was admitted in a comma. The doctors were forced to undertake an operation to save her life and that of the baby," the father of two said, adding that after a successful operation, he was shocked to see his baby's strange look that made him shed tears.

Dr. Wilberforce Lusamba who carried the operation said there are many causes for babies to be born with such defects.

He said mothers are supposed to attend clinic the first three months when all baby parts are formed where they are encouraged to take folic acid which helps in neural tube development.

"Such defects may also be caused by genetic inheritance with one in every four deliveries encountering such malfunctions" Dr. Lusamba said.

He added that the parents of the child will need to undergo genetic counseling at the Moi and Teaching Referral Hospital in Eldoret to ascertain whether the malformations were due to lack of folic acid or were as a result of genetic inheritance.

The medic said the other possible cause of the defects was use of chemicals by mothers while pregnant.

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