Ugandan mother grapples with 6-year old son's rare health condition

Ugandan mother grapples with 6-year old son's rare health condition

- Keith Emoru, 6, is suffering from epilepsy, a health condition characterized by loss of speech, abnormal rate of impulses through the central nervous system and repeated convulsions without cause.

- He cannot walk normally at his age, and often, he is bound to tip-toe to move, groaning from bodily pains sustained from afflictions when he stumbles during convulsions.

- According to his mother, Emoru’s health condition begun worrying them when her son was just six-months old.

- She was constrained to quit her well-paying job to manage her son’s condition.

When Esther Namboka gave birth to her second born baby six years ago, she had hoped that her infant would grow into a healthy child like her eight-year old first born. Unfortunately, that would not be the case.

Six months later after Emoru was born, his health started adulterating, something that did not worry Namboka as much at the time.

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Upon learning that Emoru had suffered bacterial infections, Namboka started administering antibiotics on her son. This was aimed at destroying the bacteria.

However, this was short-lived as Emoru’s condition worsened.

According to the former Micro Uganda Ltd employee, her son was experiencing a lot of pain, and oftentimes cried uncontrollably.

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This forced the mother of three to seek urgent medical attention at a health facility in Bugolobi before being referred to Nsabya Hospital for better management of Emoru’s condition.

Ugandan mother grapples with 6-year old son's rare health condition

Esther Namboka and her 6-year old epileptic son

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After running a series of tests including that of meningitis which was earlier suspected, Emoru was admitted at the hospital for two weeks to have his condition supervised.

Although Emoru’s condition stabilized, he later on experienced stunted growth. He did not crawl until after a year old and had difficulties in his speech.

When he was two years old, Emoru reportedly started experiencing his first convulsions, resulting to continuous seizures.

She was compelled to seek medical attention for her son, committing Emoru to an MRI Scan as advised by a doctor.

Ugandan mother grapples with 6-year old son's rare health condition

Keith Emoru

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The neurologist who conducted the MRI scan confirmed that Emoru was suffering from epilepsy, confirming Namboka’s worst fears. According to her, the disturbing news that her son was epileptic threw the family off balance. Putting the family through months and years of anguish and misery.

Due to Emoru’s deteriorating condition, the mother of three was forced to quit her job in 2012 to look after her ailing son, and as she narrates, her second born’s condition has taught her numerous life lessons including patience and more love for her son whose speech is on the verge of losing his speech.

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