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"I can say that my daughter’s sickness came with a blessing, it has allowed me to create a relationship with our Creator. My name is Winnie, I'm 22 years old. A few years ago, I left my parents’ home in Mbarara and went to Kampala to look for a… Read more
"I can say that my daughter’s sickness came with a blessing, it has allowed me to create a relationship with our Creator. My name is Winnie, I'm 22 years old. A few years ago, I left my parents’ home in Mbarara and went to Kampala to look for a job which was a success. I got a job in a bar and through that job I was able to get a house and also save enough to start my own business of plantains commonly known as matoke. My business was going on well so I left my previous job and decided to focus on my own business. I met a man called Acton, the father of my beautiful daughter Winnie who is three weeks old. After giving birth to her, I noticed that she had a swelling on the back (spina bifida) so I took her to Mulago hospital where she had a successful surgery. While we were still in Mulago, I started noticing that Winnie’s head was growing bigger. In the ward where I was with her I met I lady who referred me to CURE Hospital Uganda. Without wasting any time I took a bus to Mbale with my daughter and arrived here yesterday. With all the hospital bills in Mulago plus the transport I ended up using all my savings since I am the only one supporting my child. Even though the father has a job and earns some money, he is not willing to contribute to any of the costs, and I have not got enough courage to call back home and let them know that I am now a mother, so I have to carry my burdens alone. I reached a point whereby I became very frustrated with everything that is going in my life and I wanted to wanted to throw Winnie away. When I was sharing my story with one of the nurses at CURE hospital, she advised me to give my life to Christ because He is the only person who will always be there for her when everyone else leaves; and that’s how I gave my life to Christ yesterday during devotion time," Mama Winnie shared.
Please be praying for Baby Winnie's complete healing and for Mama Winnie's new faith, that it would strengthen and encourage her!
“Today we are going home, and (baby) Winnie is happy,” said Winnie. Winnie became a follower of Jesus during her first stay at CURE Uganda. “I decided to follow Jesus because there's no healer like Jesus and my life is not good so I decided to follow Jesus to change my life. During this stay Winnie has forgiven her daughter's father and attended chapel services about the importance of love. “I learned here to love my baby and others,” said Winnie. Winnie wants to thank those who have written get well messages and have been praying for her and baby Winnie. Prior to leaving this morning, Winnie met with pastor Simon Peter who counseled her and prayed for them. “I thank Jesus because He helped my baby and He gives me life and I will be strong in Him to care for my baby,” said Winnie.
“My baby’s hair was shaved when she was going for surgery, so I also shaved my head so that I look like her,” Mama Winnie said. She has also noticed that Winnie’s head is reducing in size and she is very happy. She was elected as the LC of the ward which means that she is the current leader of the mothers in the ward. Her role is to supervise fellow mothers during laundry, meal time, and even during time for devotions. She loves her current leadership role but says that it has its own challenges. Winning had a stable night in ICU and will be transferred back to the ward today. Please keep her in your prayers.
“Jesus is with me,” proclaimed Winnie as she skipped down a pathway shortly after her daughter was out of surgery. Baby Winnie went into surgery this morning and Dr. Peter performed an ETV and septostomy. She is currently in the PACU and will soon be transferred to the ICU. This morning Winnie read a get well message as she waited to take her daughter to surgery ,after finishing reading she bowed her head and prayed for her daughter. Please be praying for Winnie that she will recover swiftly from her operation and that she won’t need another one.
“What I know is Jesus is here,” said Winnie. She said this after attending the nurses' morning devotions which take place every Friday. The topic this week was love. Baby Winnie is doing fine according to her mother, she has been feeding and sleeping well. Winnie will start clean intermittent catheterization (CIC) today and her mother will be taught how to do the procedure so she can continue it from home. Winnie continues to await surgery and will most likely go in at the beginning of next week. Please keep Winnie in your prayers that her upcoming operation will go well!
”During yesterday’s devotions we learnt about forgiveness and to avoid sin. The pastor taught us that we have to forgive those who have hurt us, so I have forgiven Winnie’s father for abandoning us. I only rely on prayer these days,” Mama Winnie shared. Winnie had seizures yesterday, but they have been controlled and she isn’t vomiting anymore. Our medical team is taking good care of her. Please keep her in your prayers!
“When I got back home from CURE after we were discharged I found my house in order. My friend had taken good care of my home. Winnie was fine for a couple of weeks, but then I noticed that his head started to increase in size and she was vomiting and crying continuously,” Mama Winnie says. She decided to take her to the Katalemwa Hospital which partners with CURE Uganda and it is from there that she was referred back here. Her transport was also provided by Katalemwa Hospital. Our doctors will be examining her today, running tests, and then they will make a decision on the way forward for her treatment. Please be praying for baby Winnie!
Winnie will be discharged today. Mama Winnie is happy to go back home with a healthy baby and she is praying for God to give her the strength that she needs to start a new life and to also enable her to be a good mother for baby Winnie. Please pray this us for God to grant them journey mercies as they travel back home!
"Our departure is officially set for Monday morning after Winnie receives her last antibiotic. I am happy that my baby received a gift from the International Aid, I will keep that tiger until when she grows because she is too young to play with toys yet. Once again I would like to thank God for the far He has brought my daughter and I and also thank CURE for its work," said Winnie. Thank you to all of you who support our work!
According to the doctors, Winnie and her mother will be able to leave the hospital next week on Monday! “Since I used all my savings to pay for my daughter’s treatment in Mulago Hospital and also for our transportation from Mukono to Kampala and Kampala to Mbale, I am planning to get a loan from a friend to be able to start afresh my business. The profit that I will be making from that business will allow me to take care of Winnie, pay my rent and take care of myself,” Mama Winnie says. Please pray for baby Winnie's continued healing and strength and for God to bless mama Winnie’s business!
“Seeing my child’s condition getting better every day makes me regret the thought I had of throwing her away. I love her more every single day!” said Winnie. She also adds that she finally got the courage to inform her family about baby Winnie and her condition, and surprisingly the family took the news well and are encouraging her! “Having my family support makes me stronger,” mama Winnie said with a very happy face.
Baby Winnie is stable and healing. Mama Winnie is hopeful that they will be discharged next week when she finishes her treatment. During the weekend, Mama Winnie stayed busy with getting laundry done and going for prayers.
“Mothers should not wait for their child's situation to deteriorate before taking them to the hospital. As soon has you notice some anomaly on your child, bring them to the hospital, do not neglect or give up on your kid because that sickness can be treated and your child can have a normal life like so many other children. Bring your child at CURE Hospital Uganda,” said Mama Winnie. It’s a joy for mothers to see their children’s condition getting better while they are here and that they can encourage other women in similar situations. Thank you for your encouragement and prayers for our brave moms!
“I experienced my first miracle yesterday. A friend of mine had sent me some money for our up keep during our staying here at CURE (snacks, diapers) but for some reason the phone line got blocked I was not able to withdraw the money, so yesterday when we were in the devotion session, I decided to pray for that problem and after that somehow my line was unblocked and I was able to withdraw the money…. Glory be to the All Mighty,” said Winnie’s mother. Winnie is doing just fine, she was brought back to the ward yesterday as planned and will be receiving her treatment from there for the next two weeks. Please continue to pray for our two Winnies!
It’s a great joy for us to hear that Winnie is now fine! The irrigation was a great success, and she didn't have any complications during the night. She was transferred to the ward today and will continue her antibiotics from there. “CURE environment is very friendly, words will never be enough to express my gratitude towards the help that I received from this institution,” adds Winnie's mother. “I never knew that I could have a personal relationship with God, but now I believe and I am not ready to go back to my old life, I just pray that God will strengthen my new journey with Him.” Give thanks to the Lord for everything that He has done!
“Winnie’s irrigation was a success,” said mama Winnie with a smiling face. When the irrigation was going on, she attended devotions where she had the opportunity to share her testimony with other mothers and to also hear their testimonies. Baby Winnie is now in the ICU department where she is being observed from, please keep praying for her!
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