It has been a very exciting, yet difficult few days. Many serious situations have caused some emotional exhaustion- -not to mention constant swarms of people just begging to be seen by our team. We have had to turn hundreds and hundreds away.
Eva, an 8 year old girl had no feeling below her knee on her right foot. Subsequently, her right foot started to turn inward and become clubbed. Now she walks on her ankle. Currently, she can fit her foot in a shoe– but soon that foot will need to be amputated if it is not operated on soon.
Another man, Ronald, 26 was in the Iraq war. In 2003 he had an injury to his left eye. Upon return, he was discharged, but not cared for medically. An eye doctor has used temporary procedures to reduce the pressure– but it isn’t working. He can see light and dark and basic shapes– but that is all. He needs a procedure that is not offered anywhere in Uganda– so he must somehow get to Nairobi or else he will be blind within the next year.
Among the more serious cases, there have been several infants that we fear might die within a few weeks.
2 other babies were rushed to the hospital. 1, born to a teenage mother, had pyloric stenosis (I had someone else type that for me!). Whenever he eats, within 20 minutes he spits it up. He is 2 months old and was born at 9 pounds– and now he is 9.5 pounds.
Another baby had meningitis. Perhaps it was also malaria. Extreme dehydration caused the need for an immediate IV and antibiotics. Parents were told to bring to the hospital immediately, but they refused– and we aren’t sure why…???
Another infant had an eye infection that was causing blindness. He needed immediate IV antibiotics- and the mom agreed to take him to the hospital.
Another infant, Sandra, was 9 months old, and had a wrist size no bigger than my thumb. She was severely malnourished and dehydrated because the mother had no breast milk. We were able to treat the baby with oral rehydration solution — and purchase a supply of infant formula (along with a sippie cup that we filled with the solution immediately. The bottle she had that was not sterile and really gross– which is really common ). By the end of the day, she was munching on a cracker and happily drinking away!
Please pray for these wonderful Ugandans and for our team. It can be draining and difficult… but also very promising and worthwhile.
Peace and Joy