Moneta native and missionary Renee Bach's legal representative today refuted claims made in a lawsuit accusing her of operating an illegal medical facility in the country of Uganda.
The charges against Bach, according to the lawsuit, claim that she misled two of the mothers of the children she treated into believing that she was a doctor, leading to the death of those children, along with hundreds more. The lawsuit also claims that Bach was seen giving medication to the children.
Attorney David Gibbs III of the National Center for Life and Liberty (NCLL), who is representing Bach and the organization she founded, Serving His Children, responded to the allegations on her behalf.
"She never represented herself as a doctor or nurse, but she made nutritional care provided by qualified medical professionals more accessible for families in rural areas," the NCLL stated.
NCLL stated that one of the children in the lawsuit was never treated by Serving His Children and the other child was treated by the organization when Bach was not in Uganda.
NCLL also stated that the Uganda government has approved what Serving His Children is doing in their country and that Serving His Children is 100 percent nationally led and continues to meet national guidelines under the supervision of the Uganda Ministry of Health.
According to reports, Bach was supposed to appear in court in March of this year, but she failed to do so. However, the NCLL stated that Bach has responded through her legal counsel to all court matters.
"Reputational terrorists are attacking Renee Bach and Serving His Children with false allegations using the platform of social media enabling entire communities to determine guilt or innocence, creating a false reality without factual evidence," NCLL stated. "These escalating attacks are currently threatening the personal safety of Ms. Bach and her family, as people are believing these lies about her and the services provided by the organization."
During her initial stay in Uganda in 2007, Bach helped start a temporary feeding program in the slum community of Masese, where she was struck by the extreme poverty and hopelessness of the people, particularly, the children.
When she returned to Uganda, Bach knew exactly where she would start, renting a house and started a feeding program at her home for 900 to 1,000 kids two days a week. Word quickly spread that there was help for those in need and the first malnourished child was brought to her door in August, 2009.
She established a malnutrition treatment center after she started getting a continuous flow of referrals for treatment.
-For more information, see the June 26 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-