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“Mercy is a miracle child. She was born prematurely, at seven months, and was very sickly. She had an expanded liver, meningitis convulsions, and she was just 3.3 pounds, but it is prayer that has kept her alive. In fact, one doctor commented tha… Read more
“Mercy is a miracle child. She was born prematurely, at seven months, and was very sickly. She had an expanded liver, meningitis convulsions, and she was just 3.3 pounds, but it is prayer that has kept her alive. In fact, one doctor commented that Mercy has a God. One time while we were in the hospital, a lady whom we were sharing a room with had a vision that Mercy’s liver had been operated on. Later that month, when the doctors took Mercy for an ultrasound, they found that her liver had reduced! When the doctors told us of that miracle, we wept,” Tamalie, Mercy's mother, says. She says there was a time when the doctors gave up and told her there is nothing more they could do, but after four days Mercy started to gradually improve. Tamalie has two other children, eleven and four years old, but she had to send them to live with their grandmother because she hasn’t settled home ever since Mercy was born. Tamalie is a teacher and her husband John is a truck driver, however, she hasn’t been able to work because of Mercy’s condition. Thankfully, the board of directors at her school told her to take all the time she needs to care for Mercy. John is supportive even though he earns very little. He and Tamalie are also involved in farming to help and boost on their income. “Jesus is the patron of all doctors. When we went back for review two months after being discharged from hospital, Mercy was 16.5 pounds and the doctors were amazed. It is after that review that we were referred to CURE Uganda for surgery. I have seen how people pray in this hospital and I know that I am just in the right place,” Tamalie adds.
Mama Tamalie has been so faithful in bringing Mercy for her checkups! We were glad to see her today, and really happy to hear that Mercy has not had any more seizures since leaving CURE Uganda in July. "We left those behind at CURE!", Tamalie joked with us. Mercy does have some developmental delays, which is understandable considering all she's been through, but she's starting to smile which makes Tamalie smile too. She and Mercy will check in with our physical therapist, Issac, to get some exercises that will help strengthen Mercy's neck so she can work on holding her head up more. We're looking forward to seeing them again at our mobile clinic in November!
Mercy and mama Tamalie were discharged over the weekend and went home on Saturday! We're so happy they got the all-clear to go home. We'll see little Mercy again in September at her next checkup. Thank you for your prayers for Mercy and her family!
Good news, baby Mercy’s CT scan came back showing her shunt is working well. We did learn this morning that Mercy had a seizure during the night, so our doctors want to keep her a little longer in order to monitor her. Lord willing, she'll be discharged tomorrow. Let's keep praying for Mercy’s recovery!
Mercy's mother tells us that Mercy was running a bit of a fever last night and there was a small seizure or two. Overall though, it was a good night. Mercy had another blood transfusion and our doctors sent her for a CT scan. Our doctors want to know what is causing those seizures and also want verification that the shunt is working. Other than that though, baby Mercy is doing well. Baby Mercy and Tamalie will be transferred to the ward later today. Please keep praying for baby Mercy.
The doctors figured out that Baby Mercy's shunt had stopped working which was causing her complications. While shunts are rather reliable, they are pieces of machinery which are liable to breakdown. Today Baby Mercy went into surgery for a shunt revision procedure where she had her shunt replaced. It all went well and Baby Mercy will spend the night in our ICU with her mom on her side. Now that she once again has a working shunt, it should pump the excess fluid out of her brain and relieve the symptoms she's been experiencing! Please be praying for baby Mercy.
Mercy is back and had a pretty rough night. She was running a fever and had a small seizure. Tamalie is obviously worried about her child, but our nurses are taking great care of them. Mercy was given some anti-seizure meds and finally got some sleep. This morning our doctors have sent Mercy for some blood tests and we'll see what's going on. Please keep praying for Mercy!
“We have been in Laco hospital for close to a month now until it reached a point where I requested the doctors to refer us back to CURE”, Tamalie says. She told us that Mercy is having severe seizure disorders and when she arrived on Saturday, indeed she was rushed to our ICU and has just been transferred back to the general ward. Our doctors have diagnosed her with a shunt malfunction so she will have a shunt replacement this week. Please be praying for Mercy.
“Me, and most especially my mom (Mercy’s grandmother) are so thankful to God for the great achievement is Mercy’s general health. Her feeding has greatly improved, and she can move her body on her own. Those days I had a lot of work, I would have to change her body position but these days she has the strength to do it on her own. I have faith that the next time I travel to CURE Hospital it will be just for a casual visit but not seeking treatment for Mercy,” Tamalie said during her visit at the satellite clinic in the town of Gulu. She added that her family back at home is fine, they always pray for the other children back at CURE Uganda. We give thanks to God for Tamalie’s health! Upon review, our doctor found that her shunt is working well and only recommended continued physiotherapy.
“She is fine, no pressure on the head, the temperature has reduced,” said Tamalie. Tamalie was thinking they would go home tomorrow morning however, Mercy was given her last dose of antibiotics today so they were able to travel this morning. Tamalie received a couple get well messages last week and would like to thank those who have written to them and request that you continue praying for them. Mercy and Tamalie will be seen again in the middle of November. Thank you for your continued prayers and encouragement for them!
Tamalie has been enjoying the church services at CURE Uganda! This morning she went to the staff service for a little while and yesterday she found the message to be very timely. According to Tamalie, Mercy is up and down going from happy and smiling, to crying and having a fever. Her doctors have changed their diagnosis from a shunt infection to a sepsis infection and she has been on antibiotics the last few days and will finish her current regiment on Monday, at which time they might get to go home. Mercy has on and off fevers but has not been vomiting and has a big appetite, however she is picky and doesn’t like cold milk - it has to be just the right temperature. Tamalie is in high spirits and has made several friends in the hospital. They received several get well messages today which further lifted Tamalie’s spirits. Thank you for sending your prayers and encouragement!
Mercy returned yesterday because her shunt was swelling. Her doctors have run tests and they believe the shunt is not blocked but has an infection inside so they have started Mary on treatment. “The temperature has come down - not like yesterday when we came,” said Tamalie, she continued, “at least she has a smiling face today, yesterday she was terrible.” Mercy is very happy to be held however, when Tamalie tries to lay her down she begins to cry making getting laundry done difficult. Tamalie was surprised to see Lilian, the mother of Consulate, in the ward. Lillian is a friend to Tamalie’s mother and she is also a teacher like Tamalie. Please be praying for Mercy that her infection will soon be healed.
Mercy had a quick recovery from surgery and was allowed to got home over the weekend! We will see them again at a follow up clinic in Gulu in a couple months. Please be praying for Mercy that her healing will continue!
“I am very happy that we are being discharged from ICU. I have already bathed and packed up my things preparing to head back to the ward. ICU reminds me of the days when Mercy was on the brink of death, so when the doctors told me that Mercy will be out of ICU, I felt relieved. I told God that I will testify if Mercy gets well, and I will,” Tamalie said. Mercy is feeding well and Tamalie says that she is even mumbling alone. This morning Tamalie took time encouraging and praying with another mom in the ICU. We are thankful to God for the mutual ministry that happens here! Please continue praying with them!
“I’m just in that prayerful time, all I can do is to pray,” said Tamalie. Mercy was the second case of the day and this morning Tamalie held her and gave her juice as they waited for surgery. At the start of the morning, Mercy refused the juice but by 8:30 she was very happy to have something to drink. Dr. Justin performed an ETV and placed a shunt, the operation went well and Mercy is now in the ICU where she will spend the night. Please be praying for Mercy to have a swift recovery.
“Many of these mothers have lost hope. Some have broken hearts and sometimes they lose faith in God. I see some of them crying but I always tell them to leave everything in God’s hands,” Tamalie said. Yesterday she was asked to share her testimony with the mothers during devotions and she also led praise and worship. Tamalie attended the staff devotion this morning and she said that she was blessed. Please keep her and Mary in your prayers!
“I have had many experiences since I came to CURE Uganda. For example, this morning, one of the older children here came and wanted me to carry him so I did. I later learnt that he had lost his mother, so I think he is missing a mother figure. I have also experienced the best services; the food is good, and Mercy loves the milk. The place is very clean and above all God is here. I joked with my mother that when we get back home she will have to feed us with good food like we have it here at CURE Uganda,” Tamalie said. Today, Mercy’s cerebrospinal fluid was tapped and sent to the labs for tests, but it is clear (which is a good thing). Tamalie still said that she was very scared because it was her first time to witness a tapping. Please keep Mercy and her mother in your prayers.
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