Missionary caused 100 babies deaths by giving treatment despite not being doctor
Two mothers have accused an American missionary who set up a clinic in Uganda of causing the deaths of more than 100 babies.
Renee Bach, 35, moved from her native Virginia when she was 18 to set up the Serving His Children clinic in Masese to treat young children with malnutrition.
In High Court documents filed by mothers Gimbo Zubeda and Kakai Annet they claim they brought their children to the facility after being given the impression Bach was a trained medical professional.
Their lawsuit claims Bach would walk around wearing a stethoscope and white coat.
Ms Annet, who gave birth at the clinic in 2017, said her newborn was snatched by Bach and the clinic and subsequently died.
She said: My son – Elijah Benjamin – would be two years old today had he been alive. I delivered him at Jinja Hospital on 21 January, 2017.
I feel his life was snatched from my arms by the actions of Ms. Renee Bach.
Both women say they only found out Bach was not a doctor after their childrens deaths and are demanding her clinic is shut down and they are given damages.
The Womens Probono Initiative, which filed the lawsuit, said: The mothers allege that they were led to believe that Ms. Renee Bach was a “medical doctor” and that her home was a “medical facility” as she was often seen wearing a white coat, a stethoscope and often administered medications to children in her care.
When their children died however, they were told that Ms. Renee has no training at all in medicine and that in 2015, the District Health Officer had closed her facility and ordered her to not offer any treatment to any child.
The organisation has also claimed that the clinic is still accepting patients, despite being told in 2015 to close down by The Department of Health.