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Most of the time, picking up a newborn baby isn’t what anyone would consider a workout. But I think Annette would beg to differ. When she first came to us with her only child Catherine, you could see the strain on her face and the effort it takes… Read more
Most of the time, picking up a newborn baby isn’t what anyone would consider a workout. But I think Annette would beg to differ. When she first came to us with her only child Catherine, you could see the strain on her face and the effort it takes her on a daily basis to care for her baby. Annette told us that a prenatal screening had revealed Catherine’s enlarged head before she was born, but no one actually explained the reason for it. So in the absence of answers, people in their village made up their own reasons. One theory was that witchcraft had a part to play. Another popular opinion was that Annette must have been drinking too much water and that all of it went straight to the baby’s head. Catherine does technically have “water on the brain”, but Annette’s hydrating habits had nothing to do with it.
Thankfully, a concerned neighbor told Annette and her husband Ivan about a clinic nearby that might be able to help her find a real solution, and that it did. The clinic referred her to us, and for the first time since Catherine’s birth, Annette and Ivan finally found a place that offered hope instead of hurt. During our initial examination of Catherine, when we extracted some of the cerebral spinal fluid from her head, Annette said it was actually comforting, because it was a confirmation of the problem, as well as a confirmation that her neighbors’ opinions were wrong.
For Annette and Ivan, peasants by profession, being able to find treatment for their daughter despite their financial circumstance is an incredible blessing. We’ve encountered a lot of situations where a mother in Annette’s position would absolutely abandon a baby with this condition, but again, Annette begs to differ – “I love my baby and I would never think of doing that. I will stand by her throughout.” As will we, and I hope you’ll join us.
We spoke to Catherine's family and she is doing well despite of their failure to bring her back for review. We shall continue waiting and hoping she makes to one of our mobile clinics. please do continue praying for her well being.
We spoke to Catherine's family and she is doing well though she missed her clinic review date, we agreed that she would be brought back to the hospital for review this coming week. Please do continue holding her in your prayers.
Catherine attended her follow up appointment at the sate lite clinic. She is in good health, however she is yet to sit or support her self the doctors recommended rigorous physio therapy for her to make progress.
Catherine and her mother Annette arrived at CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda this morning for Catherine's followup appointment. The doctors say she is making steady progress and that her head size has decreased almost two full centimeters in one month's time. Annette was glad to hear that her daughter is on the right track and hopes to receive even more more good news on January 27, 2013 when we will see her again! Pray for Catherine as she continues on in her journey with us. Thanks for being a lifesaver! http://bit.ly/XJnV5H
Catherine's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 01/27/2013
Catherine is scheduled for followup at CURE Uganda - Catherine made a quick recovery and has returned home to Entebbe. She is scheduled for a followup appointment on 10/27/2012
A little introduction to Annette and Catherine... https://vimeo.com/50375679
Just a little while after Catherine's surgery today, which was an ETV (Endoscopy of the Third Ventricle) done to hopefully help open up a way for the fluid to drain from her head - http://bit.ly/QAnZSB
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