Tebandeke Haafithu’s Heart Surgery

Hi, my name is Dave Conlin. I have been an online friend and associate with Kateregga for more than a dozen years. He recently shared his pressing need with me and I offered to establish this fundraising page for his son, Tebandeke Haafithu’s Heart Surgery.

Tebandeke Haafithu is 6 years old, and born of Kateregga and Nankya of Kampala Uganda.

He was born with a Radial Club Hand (Right-Hand Side). At the hospital, doctors advised his parents to take him to Corsu Rehabilitation Hospital for further management.

After 3 days, Haafithu was taken to Corsu Rehabilitation Hospital, where doctors advised his parents to take him to Uganda Heart Institute at Mulago National Referral Hospital for a heart check before anything could be done. At the Heart Institute, it was discovered that the young boy had 2 small holes in the heart and it was assumed that they would close as he grew.

In May 2019, Haafithu underwent an operation at Corsu Hospital after a series of tests and visits where a K Wire was inserted in the affected hand in a bid to reposition it. The operation was half sponsored by well-wishers, and the parents paid half the fees. After 2 months, the young boy had a second operation where the inserted K wire was removed.

In July 2022, Haafithu was admitted to Mulago National Referral Hospital in the Acute section due to a serious cough that had failed starter treatment for 3 weeks for further management. During his stay at the Intensive care unit on oxygen support, a series of tests were run including Urinalysis, Chest X-rays, Abdominal Scans, Blood Samples, etc. Upon diagnosis, it was found that his chest had issues and additional checks and tests were required including those of the heart. At the Heart Institute, ECHO and ECG tests were done. According to the medical report, a Large Secundum ASD with RA/RV volume overload was discovered. The parents were advised to keep taking Haafithu back for follow-ups and checkups, while continuous Tabs Laxis was administered.

In November 2022, an Invoice of USHS 18,674,150 – Eighteen million, six hundred seventy-four thousand one hundred fifty Uganda shillings (USD $5,024.97) for the operation was released by the Uganda Heart Institute. The parents were advised to look for the money as soon as they could so that Tebandeke could have the life saving operation come February 2023. Tebandeke’s parents have to date failed to find the money for the operation, thus the young boy’s life is at risk.

It is for this reason that I decided to start this fundraising for Tebandeke’s heart surgery. Together with his family, we humbly ask for your help to ease this burden. The funds raised will be used to pay for the medical expenses and post-surgery bills and will be wired directly to the Uganda Heart Institute bank account in Favor of the little boy. Any remaining funds will be sent to the parents through their bank account.

Donations (10)

  • Fergal Crawley
    • $8 
    • 26 d
  • James Conlin
    • $10 
    • 1 mo
  • Gabrieal Gonzalez
    • $5 
    • 1 mo
  • Fergal Crawley
    • $70 
    • 1 mo
  • Fergal Crawley
    • $15 
    • 2 mos


Dave Conlin
Asheville, NC

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