Archbishop Ruwa’ichi now doing light exercises, says  professor

14Sep 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Archbishop Ruwa’ichi now doing light exercises, says  professor

THREE days after the Archbishop of Dar es Salaam Diocese Thadeus Ruwa'ichi had head surgery to remove blood clot, he has started sitting up and walking by himself.

Archbishop of Dar es Salaam Diocese Thadeus Ruwa'ichi.

This was revealed yesterday by his surgeon, Dr Joseph Kahamba, Professor in Neurosurgery at Muhimbili at Muhimbili Orthopeadic Institute (MOI) in Dar es Salaam.

Prof Kahamba said Archbishop Ruwa’ichi has continued to do light exercises by walking and sit on a chair all by himself without any problem.

He said: “It is normal for a patient who has undergone head surgery to sit and walk in three days as is the case for Archbishop Ruwa’ichi. His condition is improving very well.”

He said a team of seven doctors including four who are experts in the field continue to monitor his condition by taking further tests so that his condition returns to normal.

Yesterday MOI Public Relations Officer Patrick Mvungi said after every one hour the doctors enter his ward to monitor his condition.

"He said Archbishop Ruwa'ichi is improving and every morning a short prayer is performed and today the prayers were said whilst he was sitting.

He added: “Today evening the doctors will sit to decide whether the patient is to be moved from ICU to ordinary ward.”

Medical costs

Prof Kahamba said the cost for treating the disease known professionally as 'Chronic Subdural Haematoma' is 4m/- but outside the country the cost is more that 20m/-.

He said MOI performs two such surgeries every week, about 100 every year and the conditions have been well.

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