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At 27, Shamim has given birth to five children but only two are alive. Her other children died at different dates due to illnesses and now she has given birth to a child with spina bifida for which she says, “I am really scared and worried becaus… Read more
At 27, Shamim has given birth to five children but only two are alive. Her other children died at different dates due to illnesses and now she has given birth to a child with spina bifida for which she says, “I am really scared and worried because in my entire life I have never seen a child with this condition. All my children, even the ones who died were born normal, so this experience is very new to me and very scary.” She has an eight year old daughter with her husband but the next three children that she has gave birth to all passed away. Her relatives and in-laws have been very supportive ever since she gave birth to baby Swaibu and some accompanied her to CURE Uganda when Swaibu was referred. Her husband isn’t with her at the hospital because he is taking care of their firstborn daughter. Shamim’s husband is a mechanic and she is a housewife. Swaibu has been admitted and will have surgery soon, we're thankful for your partnership and prayers!
“Swaibu is doing really well, he hasn’t disturbed us since we were discharged," Shamim shared. They showed up today for their follow-up appointment and Swaibu was reviewed by Dr. Michael. He did several checks and ordered that the wound on his back be dressed. Other than the dressing of his wound, Swaibu’s health was found to be gradually improving and Shamim says she is still strong in her faith! After the dressing change, mother and child headed back home and he will be reviewed again in March. Please continue praying for him!
On Saturday, Swaibu was allowed to go home and they were given a follow up appointment for the middle of February. During their time at the hospital, Shamim learned how to dress Swaibu’s back and was sent home with supplies to continue taking care of the surgical site. Please remember Swaibu in your prayers, that he will recover well from both of his surgeries!
“I feel good. I’m happy because the baby is alive and playing,” said Shamim. This morning Shamim held Swaibu and he grabbed ahold of her fingers moving his arm back and forth as he fed. Afterward, Shamim placed him back in his bed to go and do laundry. This morning she was told they were being transferred back to the ward which added to her happiness. Shamim has been talking with her husband and daughter back home, “They were all happy thanking God for the successful surgery,” said Shamim.
“I prayed the surgery is successful and they come back well …. for the head never to go big again,” said Shamin. Today Swaibu has gone into surgery where Dr. Peter is performing an ETV/CPC. Once the procedure is completed and he is stable, he will be moved to the ICU to recover and be reunited with his mother. “I feel fine because they worked on the child (before),” said Shamim. Please join Shamim in praying for Swaibu that his surgery will be successful and that he will have no future problems with his health.
The bandage on Swaibu’s back was taken off this morning and the wound was treated. Shamim also spent a long time this morning talking with her folks back at home. She says her daughter was wondering why she has been gone so long from home and told her to get home soon. Her husband and her parents are all doing well. Later in the day Shamim spent time in the activity room with other mothers. Baby Swaibu is awaiting surgery, please continue to pray for them!
“I woke up and fed him, then I took him for sun bathing like I do every morning. I miss home but I have to be here until Swaibu gets better,” Shamim said. Swaibu’s wound will be dressed today, he continues with phototherapy and is also awaiting surgery for hydrocephalus. When Shamim isn’t doing her laundry or nursing Swaibu, she spends most of her time with other mothers in the ward chatting about their families and about their children. Please continue to pray for Swaibu as he awaits surgery.
Over the weekend Swaibu's CT-scan was reviewed and it was decided that he does not need surgery yet. Once he finishes his antibiotics they will be allowed to go home. Today is the tenth of fourteen days on antibiotics. “The back is still not good, it has broken down to pus,” said Shamim. Even though Swaibu is still fighting an infection Shamim is staying positive. “I am not bad because the baby is alive,” said Shamim. She had a good weekend it was uneventful with the highlight being the chapel services. Please remember Swaibu in your prayers that his back will heal quickly.
“To tell you the truth I have started missing home, but it looks like I am still here because Swaibu’s head has started to swell. Some of the mothers that I came with have already been discharged,” Shamim said. This morning Swaibu had a brain CT scan which will be reviewed by the doctors later on in the day. He is also still on his antibiotics regiment. Please keep praying for his improvement!
“When they (nurses) removed the bandage and I saw how his back now looks like, I was so happy. Before the bandage was removed many things crossed my mind about how he now looks like. I immediately called my husband and told him that there was no more wound, and he is also anxious to see him,” Shamim said. Also, this morning she took baby Swaibu out of the ward for phototherapy and sunbathing and Swaibu is still on his antibiotics. His condition is continuing to get better, please keep praying for him!
“His skin is yellow so they told me to sit under the sun for a little bit to get vitamins from the sun,” said Shamim. “He is doing well, not doing badly,” said Shamim. Yesterday Swaibu spent the day in the ICU because there was no space in the ward, today he should be transferred back to the ward. “I spoke to my daughter (Shamila), she asked how her brother was doing,” said Shamim. Today her husband may visit the hospital their town is close to CURE Uganda. Please keep Swaibu in your prayers that his back will heal well and that he will continue to grow healthy and strong.
"When I first came to CURE I was hopeless, but I saw a child in a very bad condition, but he was treated and is now much better and that encouraged me that Swaibu will be fine too," said Shamim. Swaibu is currently in surgery where Dr. Peter is performing an myelomeningocele closure. After Swaibu wakes up from the operation, he will be moved to the ICU where he will be reunited with his mother. Their family will be coming in tomorrow to visit with them. Please be praying for Swaibu's healing and his family!
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