Kampala, Uganda – The Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has been evacuated from Lubaga Cathedral after collapsing during the mass to commemorate the life of His Grace Dr. Cyprian Lwanga, the former Archibishop of Kampala Archdiocese.
It is still unclear why Lukwago collapsed. Last year, Lukwago was admitted to Nairobi hospital after being diagnosed with acute anaphylaxis, an allergic reaction to some foods, insects, stings and medicine.
This condition causes the immune system to overreact to the allergen by releasing chemicals and causing one to go to shock, experience a drop in blood pressure and blockage in breath.
Archbishop Lwanga succumbed to Ischemic heart disease
The late Archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga succumbed to Ischemic heart disease following coronary heart thrombosis, according to a post-mortem report from Mulago national referral hospital.
“This means a heart attack that is due to a blood clot that was found inside the artery that supplies blood to the heart,” Dr Andrew Ssekitoleko, the prelate’s personal physician said through a report explaining the cleric’s tragic demise.
In a statement read to mourners in the cross-shaped Rubaga Cathedral in Kampala, Dr Ssekitoleko- who also was the first doctor at the death scene told the congregation that the condition kills within a space of 3-5 minutes.
“When I found His Grace (Dr Lwanga), there was no sign that he had struggled,” Dr Ssekitoleko added.
According to Dr Ssekitoleko, the post-mortem was carried out at Mulago hospital mortuary by at least four senior pathologists in the presence of four witnesses; two of whom were representatives of the family and two physicians delegated by the church.
The post-mortem report read in Church Monday afternoon further revealed that Dr Lwanga had a history of heart complications.