Mulago hospital yesterday exhibited their surgery tools and
disowned the one the Indian community claimed was left in a
patient, Daljit Singh, who died on July 27.
The head of the Ortheopedic department, Titus Beyeza, who was
flanked by the team that carried out the operation, said the
instrument published in the media was not a medical tool.
"They must prove that a metal that is alien to the medical field
could have been used in the orthopedic department," he said.
"Such a saw is not used in orthopedic operations. Maybe in timber
workshops but not in hospitals," Beyeza said. "May be it was used
to cut his trousers or in preparation for cremation," he added.
"Only blades were used on him because we did not need to cut,
since his was not an amputation," said Patrick Ssekimpi, one of
the orthopedic surgeons who carried out the operation.
Singh was admitted to the hospital on July 14 after a motor
accident. He was operated upon on July 17 for a fracture on the
thigh bone. A piece of metal and screws were inserted to hold the
bone in place.
Beyeza said an X-ray showed that one of the screws was not placed
correctly and Singh was taken back on July 22 for the anomaly to
He said the second operation to correct the misdirected screw was
minor and involved removal of a thread to access the target area.
He explained that after every orthopedic surgery, an X-Ray is
usually carried out to ascertain that everything was done well.
The surgeon, who had Singh's medical records, said, on July 23,
the patient developed a high fever and a blood test was
recommended. He was transferred to Ward 4B for treatment.
He said the patient's blood sample was taken to SAS Clinic on
Bombo Road by his caretakers and laboratory results showed that
he had a high concentration of malaria parasites in his blood.
The test at SAS clinic was dated July 24, 2009.
Beyeza said before Singh was transferred to ward 4B, he was given
quinine and an anti-biotic injection to stem infection after the
He said the patient did not respond well to malaria treatment,
which prompted the doctors to carry out other tests and he was
found to have hiv.
He said in addition to testing for malaria, they carried out
other tests to rule out septicemia and electrolytes imbalance.
On the day Singh died, the doctor had also ordered for a complete
blood count, renal (kidney) function, a CT-scan and lumber
puncture tests to check the cerebral spinal fluid of the patient.
The death certificate indicated that Singh had acute respiratory
distress syndrome, which means that his lungs were constricted
and the air was being squeezed out.
The same certificate indicates that there was an underlying
cause, which was septicemia or septic shock, which was in turn a
result of effects of hiv. The certificate was dated July 31,
Bayeza said investigations should be carried out to establish how
the saw ended up in Singh's ashes.