US missionary accused of killing hundreds of Ugandan babies

2019-06-25 13:45
Renee Bach. (Photo: Twitter/Nikki Gagnon)

Renee Bach. (Photo: Twitter/Nikki Gagnon)

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The stethoscope hanging around her neck and the white coat she donned led Gimbo Zubeda and Kakai Annet to believe Renee Bach was a qualified medical doctor.

The two mothers trusted the friendly blonde woman so much they brought their children to her to be treated for malnutrition.

Now Gimbo and Kakai are dragging Renee to court for causing the deaths of their children and more than 100 other babies, The Metro reports.

Seventeen years ago Renee (35) left Virginia in the United States to establish the Serving His Children clinic in Masese, Uganda.

The organisation helps treat young children with malnutrition.

Gimbo and Kakai are now demanding the facility be shut down and are seeking damages for their kids’ deaths.

Kakai gave birth to her son, Elijah Benjamin, in January 2017 at the clinic. In her lawsuit she claims Renee is the cause of her son’s death.

“I feel his life was snatched from my arms by the actions of Ms Renee Bach,” the court documents state.

After their children’s deaths the mothers found out Renee had no formal medical training, according to the court documents filed by the Women’s Probono Initiative. They also discovered she’d been ordered by the Ugandan health department to shut the clinic’s doors in 2015, Daily Mail writes.

“When their children died they were told Ms Renee has no training at all in medicine and that in 2015 the District Health Officer had closed her facility and ordered her not to offer any treatment to any child,” the documents state.

But the clinic is still accepting patients, the organisation claims.

Other parents allege she sent their children home after “fattening them up” without consulting qualified medical practitioners whether it was safe to do so.

Renee has admitted she has no medical training and that she’s assisted in giving children intravenous therapy (an IV drip) but denies she ever posed as a trained doctor, The Sun reports.

In response to a 2018 article regarding the allegations, her clinic reiterated, “At no time has our founder, Renee Bach, presented herself as a medical professional, experimented on or caused the death of any child.

“Having been trained by medical professionals to start IVs, Ms Bach has in the past provided assistance in such procedures when requested and currently serves in an administrative capacity and participates in fundraising for the organisation.”

Sources: The Sun, Daily Mail, The Metro

 

 

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