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“When I was pregnant I didn't know that I was going to have twins. It was a surprise when I gave birth and I thank God for them. I pray that God helps me to raise them up,” shared Rhoda. Rhoda has been in the hospital ever since she gave birth … Read more
“When I was pregnant I didn't know that I was going to have twins. It was a surprise when I gave birth and I thank God for them. I pray that God helps me to raise them up,” shared Rhoda. Rhoda has been in the hospital ever since she gave birth because one of her twins, Apio, developed hydrocephalus. “It has been very hard for me, I have been having sleepless nights because Apio has been very irritable and continuously crying. I think she has been in a lot of pain,” Rhoda adds. Her husband Michael has seen their new born babies just once since they were born because he lives in another town where he is pursuing an education in laboratory technology. Rhoda also has two other children back at home who are four and a half years and two years old so when Rhoda went to hospital to give birth, she left her children with a neighbor expecting to be back that very day. However, when it turned out that one of her babies, Apio, was sick and had to be retained at the hospital, Rhoda called her mother to come and pick her kids. It has now been a month since the twins were born, and they haven’t been home yet. After moving through two different hospitals, Rhoda was finally referred to CURE Uganda and she traveled with her mother-in-law who is helping her out with the twins. She says that her comfort now is in the fact that Apio has come to the right hospital and that her babies back at home are safe with her mom. Please join us in praying for Apio's healing and encouraging Rhoda while she is with us.
Mama Rhoda and baby Apio were discharged from the hospital this morning! Apio has healed up wonderfully from her surgery and her shunt is doing wonders managing her hydrocephalus! The whole family is very happy to go back home, even though, as you can imagine, taking three children on a long bus ride isn't easy! They will be back in one month for Apio's review. Thank you all for your prayers for their family!
Did you know that CURE doctors pray for every patient before surgery? In this picture, Dr. Frank and the surgical team are praying for Apio before beginning her surgery. Dr. Frank installed a shunt, also called a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. This is a very small plastic tube that drains fluid from Apio's brain and into the area outside her stomach, where her body can absorb the extra fluid. The surgery went well, and after recovering in the PACU, Apio has been cuddling with mama Rhoda and getting some well-deserved snuggles! Rhoda is happy that the surgery went well, but of course learning about the shunt and how it works is a bit overwhelming. She asked that you continue to pray for their family and for all the children as they adjust. Thank you for your prayers!
The CT scan yesterday confirmed the swelling is due to Apio's hydrocephlaus acting up. Thankfully this time around, Apio's cerebrospinal fluid is clear which means that she can finally have the surgery she needs. We're so happy for her! The doctors are scheduling her for surgery later this week or early next week. Baby Irene is doing well and is definitely getting chubby! Rhoda told us that Irene's latest development is learning to suck her thumb - so cute!
Apio is back with us at CURE Uganda, along with her twin sister Irene, mama Rhoda, and big sister Juliet! Juliet (pictured) wasn't too sure about the camera at first, but she is enjoying being at CURE and especially likes all the animal stickers on the walls of the ward. Rhoda told us that Apio is doing very well and has been more active and alert which is great news! However, she told the doctors she's concerned about some swelling on the side and back of Apio's head. The doctors ordered a CT scan to see exactly what's going on and we're waiting for the results now. We thank you for your prayers for this sweet little family!
There has been great improvement in Apio's general health! “I have noticed that her head is not as tense as it was before she was taken to the OR and she isn’t crying as much”, mama Rhoda told us. During ward rounds this morning, Dr. Peter made the call that they can go home! He also made it very clear that they need to come back in month so he can check in on how baby Apio is doing. We're so glad they get to go home and we'll see them in a month!
Apio was snuggled up in her ICU bed this morning and looking pretty cosy! Apio had a bit of a fever around 2am, but the doctors advised mama Rhoda to use a wet cloth to cool her down. The doctors also gave Apio some paracetamol and her fever went down. Apio and Rhoda will be moving back to our main ward today which they're pretty pumped about! We showed Rhoda some photos of the inside of the OR and she was really touched by how wonderful our neurosurgeons are. It means a lot to her to be in a hospital with such incredible surgeons. She said she knows they have worked a long time to gain the skills that they have. We couldn't agree more!
Apio had her irrigation in the OR today! Dr. Emmanuel performed the surgical procedure, which involved removing pus and infection from her brain and then washing it out with clean fluid. Anesthetist Caroline kept a close eye on baby Apio to be sure she didn't feel a thing. We're so thankful for everyone who works in our CURE Uganda OR - it's not just the surgeons, but an entire team of doctors and nurses who work together to make sure patients have safe surgeries! We talked with Rhoda before the surgery and she is doing ok, but feeling pretty overwhelmed. Because her husband is in school to become a lab technician, she's been in charge of farming their land. The stress comes from the challenge that she can't go out and farm with a sick baby at home. Would you please pray with us for peace for Rhoda in the midst of many challenges?
Apio and her little family had an up-and-down day today! Originally she was scheduled to have an irrigation procedure this afternoon in the OR, but because the surgery schedule was really full, her procedure was pushed back until Monday. Mama Rhoda shared with us that she is feeling ok about waiting - "it's the doctors' decision and they're the authority" she said. Her cousin is here with her to help take care of the babies and we're glad she has another pair of helping hands! We're praying this little group has a peaceful and joyful weekend and we'll report back next week!
Yesterday we delivered your get-well messages to mama Rhoda and she was so encouraged to read all the kind messages from all around the world! Yesterday afternoon she and the babies moved into the main ward, which has a bit more space than the hostel. Baby Irene is doing great, but Apio is pretty tired and not feeling too well. The doctors are reviewing her test results and working on their plan of action for Apio. Please be praying for wisdom for the medical team and healing for Apio even as she awaits her surgery!
Baby Apio spent the evening with mama Rhoda and her twin sister Irene in our hostel, which is overflow housing for our patients. CURE Uganda has definitely been busy lately! We're really thankful that God is sending so many babies who need His healing our way. Since some other families are heading home this morning, Rhoda and the twins will move to the ward this afternoon. The doctors and neurosurgeons are reviewing Apio's test results and working on making a plan to care for her. Mama Rhoda is concerned about her baby, of course, but feeling a relieved now that they are back at CURE Uganda because she knows everyone is working hard to get Apio the very best care! Thanks for praying for these cute twins and their whole family!
Baby Apio, along with her twin sister, Irene, are back with us at CURE Uganda! Irene is doing fine, but unfortunately Apio's head has started to increase in size. Recently their mom, Rhoda, noticed Apio's head was getting bigger and had a soft spot at the base of her skull. Concerned, she called CURE and we told her to come back. Because there are two other children in the family, she left them with their grandparents and made the trip with the twins. Today Apio had some bloodwork done and a CT scan. The neurosurgeons will review the results and make a plan. As you can imagine, it's pretty overwhelming to have twins in a hospital! Thank you for praying for this family as they juggle so much right now.
Mama Rhoda has noticed some change in baby Apio. She says that she is no longer irritable, her head had decreased in size, and she is feeding well. Unfortunately, Apio’s twin Irene isn’t feeling as good so her blood was taken today. Depending on the results from the labs, she will be given medication thereafter. Baby Apio will be reviewed in a couple of weeks. Please keep her in your prayers.
Baby Apio is back with us at CURE Uganda. She had a surgical procedure yesterday, and is recovering in the ICU. The surgeons saw that she still has an infection in her brain, so they washed out the infection in the procedure yesterday, and are giving Apio more antibiotics to try to remove all the infection. Apio had a tough night, and had some seizures and a fever, so mama Rhoda is very concerned about her. Apio's twin sister Irene also has a fever, and Rhoda is feeling very worried about her and suspects she has malaria. Our laboratory team will help give Baby Irene a rapid malaria test and make sure she's ok. It's so hard for a mom to be worried about two tiny babies! Please be praying that God gives Rhoda a deep peace about both babies, and brings healing to both of them!
Apio was discharged this morning! She was given antibiotics to take home and advised to go to the nearest health center in her village for stitch removal on 24th of this month. They will be back to CURE Uganda on May 20th for review. Please be praying for this family and for Apio's continued healing!
Apio had a stable night in the ICU. Her nurse Harriet says that she didn’t have any issues during the night and will be heading back to the general ward this morning. When we spoke with her mother Rhoda she said, “There is a good change that I have noticed. She hasn’t cried at all and she is feeding and sleeping well. Her sister is fine too.” She called her husband and told him about the successful surgery and he was both shocked and excited. Please be praying for the twins and their family!
“I am not worried about today’s surgery, but I am just praying to God to help Apio go through it without any complications. I haven’t told my husband about the surgery yet because he has a test at school today and I don’t want him to be distracted and worried,” Rhoda said this morning. Apio went in for her scheduled washout this afternoon because her cerebrospinal fluid has infection and pus. The washout which started at 1:00PM was successful. She will spend a night in ICU recovering from her surgery then will be transferred to the ward and started on antibiotics. Please be praying for her!
“At least she (Apio) can now sleep and I think it is because of the good medical care that she is receiving here at CURE hospital,” Rhoda shared. Apio had her cerebrospinal fluid tapped over the weekend and sent to the labs for analysis and she has already had her brain CT scan done. During ward rounds the doctors said that they will review her scans and make a plan for her surgery. Rhoda spent most of her day nursing her babies while her mother-in-law who is with her here at CURE Uganda took care of the laundry. Please be praying for this beautiful baby!
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