Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

3 January 2013

Tanzania: Still Baby Twin Without Face, Sister Die in Rukwa

Sumbawanga — A 29 year-old mother's joy of delivering twins in Sumbawanga Municipality, Rukwa region was cut short after it was established that the male child was stillborn and without a face.

The woman (name withheld) gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, prematurely at Dr Atman Hospital around 2:00pm on January 01, this year. However, the male child had several physical deformities and was stillborn while the female baby died shortly after birth.

"The male child was born without a face and other physical deformities. That is it did not have eyes, a nose and a mouth. It also did not have a neck and its umbilical cord was missing at birth," Sumbawanga Municipality's Doctor-in-Charge, Dr Ally Makori Mussa said.

According to Dr Mussa, the female twin was normal at birth with its body parts intact. The mother is said to be in stable condition after undergoing thorough check-up at the hospital. She, however, confessed to the doctors attending her that she had never attended any clinics, never received medical treatment or counselling from a hospital during the nine months of her pregnancy.

According to Dr Mussa, the mother admitted to have used traditional medication wherever she was experiencing severe stomach pains during the early stages of her pregnancy. Meanwhile, a total of 12 children were born on New Year at Rukwa Regional Hospital and Dr Atman hospital in Sumbawanga town.

A survey conducted by the 'Daily News' established that five, all female, were born at Rukwa Regional Hospital. At Dr Atman Hospital at Christ the King area, seven children were born and among them four were girls and three were boys.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 Tanzania Daily News. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.