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“It is all up to God. I can not do anything. I can bring the child here, but it is God's decision to heal the child,” said Adam, Awab's father. Awab was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. The South Sudanese hospital that Rasha gave birth… Read more
“It is all up to God. I can not do anything. I can bring the child here, but it is God's decision to heal the child,” said Adam, Awab's father. Awab was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. The South Sudanese hospital that Rasha gave birth in referred them to a hospital in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, where they were then referred here to CURE Uganda. “When I was in Juba, they said they can not help, but they are transferring us to another hospital for surgery on the head and back. What I wanted was to make the child get well so I will do whatever they tell me,” said Adam. “When I first arrived (at CURE Uganda), I saw the children are in good condition. I have seen some discharged and they are okay,” said Adam. Awab's family are muslim and Adam has been praying for Awab, “I have to tell god he is the one who can do something about the child,” said Adam.
On Saturday, Awab was discharged! We will see him again next month at a follow up clinic in Kampala. Please remember Awab in your prayers, that is recovery will continue to go well!
“He is good,” said Rasha. She is doing well and is happy that the surgery is finished. Awab is recovering well from surgery and will be transferred out of the ICU today. Yesterday and today, Awab received several get well messages which have been an encouragement to his family. Please be praying for Awab that his recovery will continue to be positive!
Awab went into surgery this morning where Dr. Justin placed a shunt because his operation in February was not successful. His parents waited near the ICU for him to come back from surgery, Adam says they are doing okay. Awab will spend tonight in the ICU and will hopefully be transferred out of the ICU tomorrow. Please keep Awab in your prayers that he will recover swiftly from his surgery!
Awab has returned with his parents Adam and Rasha, they brought him back to the hospital because his head has been increasing. This morning Dr. Peter spoke with them and he told them they are making a plan for Awab to get a shunt placement. The procedure may take place by the end of this week. Adam and Rasha have settled into the ward and have been taking turns watching Awab. Please keep Awab in your prayers that his upcoming operation will be successful.
“Today we are going home,” said Rasha. “Going to Kampala and wait to make sure baby is good,” said Adam. They will spend some time in Kampala with Adam’s brother to make sure Awab is okay before traveling back to South Sudan. We will see them in Kampala at the end of March for a check up. Please be praying for Awab to recover well from his two operations.
“The operation was very good. I am very happy and thankful to the doctors for the work,” Adam said. He helped the medical team translate for the other patients from Sudan who don’t speak English. He also helped change Awab’s sheets in ICU while Rasha nursed him. Hopefully they will be transferred back to the ward today. We're thankful to God for that and for your prayers for them!
Awab is now awake after his operation where Dr. Peter performed an ETV/CPC. Awab is about to be transferred to the ICU where he will spend the night. He was given a handmade card that says, “You’re awesome! Get well soon.” Rasha and Adam both say they are doing well now that Awab is out of surgery. Please be praying for Awab to make a swift recovery from his latest surgery.
“Awab is okay. He is coming slowly slowly,” said Adam. Tomorrow, Awab will have the bandage on his back removed. His doctors are now looking forward to his next operation. Today, they are reviewing his CT scan and his cerebrospinal fluid as they plan for next week. “I am hoping for the best for Awab,” said Rasha. With Awab now stable, Ajiek is beginning his journey home to South Sudan today. Please keep Awab in your prayers that his back will heal well and that his next operation will be successful.
“Awab is okay and (I am) feeling good. No problems,” said Adam before continuing, “Next week he will have another surgery for his head.” Awab had a good night in the ICU and his doctors have no concerns. They decided to transfer him to the ward this morning. During the rounds, they told Adam and Rasha that they were making a plan to operate on Awab’s head next week. His uncle, Ajiek, has high spirits due to Awab’s successful surgery and is optimistic about his upcoming operation. This morning, Awab got a valentine's day balloon from Joyce, the assistant nurse manager. Please keep Awab in your prayers that his back will heal well and for the procedure on his head to go well.
“I’m a little worried. I am hoping Awab will come out and he is fine,” said Rasha. Awab is currently in surgery. Dr. Peter is closing his back to prevent any future infection. Before the operation, Rasha, Adam, and uncle Ajiek all sat together outside the ward as they waited for Awab to be called in for surgery. Awab is fortunate to have such a supportive group at the hospital with him. Once the procedure is finished and he is awake, he will be moved to the ICU where he will spend the night. Please be praying for Awab to recover swiftly from his operation.
On Friday, Awab arrived at CURE and was admitted. He was accompanied by his mother, father, and uncle, Ajiek. “I think this hospital is the best,” said Ajiek. He was impressed by how clean the hospital was and that they didn't discriminate against Awab since he is not Ugandan. Today, they met with Sam, the hospital’s physical therapist. They asked if Awab would ever be able to walk. Sam explained that Awab has suffered nerve damage due to the spina bifida and, as a result, he will most likely have to use a wheelchair when he grows up. Awab will probably have surgery this week to treat his back. Please be praying for his operation to be successful.
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