They prayed for healing, for a miracle for little Mary.
Aida had given birth before, many times in fact. This child would be her seventh. She knew the routine. She knew what to expect. When the time came, she went to the community health center and delivered a baby girl, without complications. Aida and her husband welcomed Mary into their family.
Like she had done with her other children, Aida watched her baby grow, with new changes coming every few days: new sounds, new facial expressions, all the little things that delight a mom and dad and let them know that everything is developing as it should.
Then the convulsions and uncontrollable crying started.
Mary was only one month old. She was otherwise healthy. The health center treated her for seizures, and Aida expected life to return to normal, but it didn’t. Over the coming weeks, Mary’s head began to swell. Aida and her husband were at a loss to explain what was happening. They sought the help of their church and prayed for a miracle for little Mary.
Their miracle came when a former CURE Uganda employee saw them at the health center and advised Mary’s parents to take her to the CURE hospital right away. At CURE, Aida learned that Mary had hydrocephalus and that it was treatable. Mary received the surgery she needed, the spiritual team prayed with and encouraged Aida, and she held on to hope that her daughter would be restored to health.
That was three years ago. In the time since, Aida lost her husband in a traffic accident, and life has been difficult for their family. When you bring up Mary, though, a smile lights up Aida’s face. Mary is her little miracle. She has continued to reach developmental milestones, just a like a little girl should. She loves to imitate her mom as she helps with chores. Mary’s miraculous life fills Aida with gratitude for CURE Uganda, and her faith gives her the strength to bring encouragement to other mothers who are exactly where she was just a few years ago, facing the unknown of a child with hydrocephalus.
This article originally appeared in the Christmas 2015 edition of Healing, CURE’s newsletter.