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  • Next Appointment 08/27/2019

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The picture above is of CURE in Uganda. Everyone who serves with CURE in Uganda, from medical professionals to office staff, are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical and spiritual care to people who, without CURE, couldn't find it and couldn't afford it, just like Damascus. To do that, we're inviting you to partner with us.

We need to raise approximately $1000 to treat children like Damascus. When you give a gift through Damascus's CUREkids profile, your contribution will help us continue our work in countries like Uganda. Have more questions? Ask us.

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Damascus is Mary's third child and was born a completely healthy at a small hospital. There were no issues until three days later when Damascus developed a bad fever. One month later, his head began to increase in size. "My first son had always lov… Read more

Damascus is Mary's third child and was born a completely healthy at a small hospital. There were no issues until three days later when Damascus developed a bad fever. One month later, his head began to increase in size. "My first son had always loved carrying Damascus so when Damascus' head began to grow, I first suspected that he had dropped Damascus and didn't tell me. When I asked him, he said he hadn't dropped his brother," Mary told us. Not sure what was going on, Mary decided to treat Damascus by rubbing his head with an ointment. When it failed to help him, Mary made the call to go to a bigger government hospital. There, the doctors told her that Damascus has a condition called hydrocephalus where his brain is unable to drain excess fluid. It is a dangerous condition that will eventually kill Damascus if untreated. They also shared with Mary that Damascus can be treated here at CURE Uganda. Mary and her husband are peasant farmers, but luckily they only live a couple of hours away from CURE Uganda. Mary ended up selling some of her hens to earn the money for transportation to the hospital. When Mary arrived here and saw other children with similar conditions to Damascus, she was grateful to God and thanked him for providing for them. While at CURE Uganda, Mary tells us that she is very interested in the devotions that take place in the ward with other mothers and she also loves spending time in the activity room.

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Jul 31, 2019

Little Damascus is having a rough time! He was brought in yesterday with a severe case of malaria. Our nurses were able to give him medication he needs and thankfully his lab results today show the malaria is gone! Unfortunately though, he is also quite malnourished. He and mama Mary are heading to the malnutrition ward at the main hospital in town. On top of it all, Mary is also feeling pretty sick, so we really appreciate your prayers for both of them!! Photo of Damascus

Jun 26, 2019

After several weeks here at CURE Uganda, Damascus and Mary were finally discharged from the hospital today! By this point they feel like family and there was lots of joking and laughing as they left. They will be back for Damascus’s review in one month and we already look forward to seeing them again. Thank you all for support and for your prayers! Photo of Damascus

Jun 25, 2019

“Damascus is doing well” said Mary. She along with the nurses have been keeping an eye on Damascus for seizures and he's doing just fine. Mary also got the good news that after several weeks here with us at CURE Uganda, Mary and Damascus will be discharged tomorrow! Thank you all for your prayers. Photo of Damascus

Jun 24, 2019

Damascus was feeling pretty sleepy during morning rounds today, but woke up a little bit afterwards! Mama Mary was sharing with the doctors that she's concerned he could still be having seizures. Joshua, one of our clinical officers, encouraged her to get one of the nurses if she thinks that's happening, so the nurse can help evaluate what's going on. Damascus is almost done with his two-week course of antibiotics, and we're praying that the doctors and nurses can figure out exactly what's happening with his seizures. Thank you for praying for Mary and Damascus! Photo of Damascus

Jun 21, 2019

Thank you all for your prayers and get-well messages for baby Damascus! We've printed out your get-well messages and will deliver them to mama Mary today. Damascus is hanging in there - he's continuing with his antibiotics and Mary is encouraged that his head is looking better. The other evening he had a few seizures, so the doctors have increased his anti-seizure medication and are keeping an eye on him. Thank you for praying for this little one! Photo of Damascus

Jun 20, 2019

Damascus is improving, but he spent a good chunk of last night throwing up which is never fun. Mary told us she has also been having stomach pains. Our nurses hooked her up with some meds which should help with that. Damascus' antibiotic make him sleepy so he spends most of his days resting. Today is day 8 of antibiotics. 6 more days to go and they should discharged, Lord willing! Photo of Damascus

Jun 19, 2019

Damascus is on his seventh day of antibiotics and has seven more to go. He had a calm night and is feeding well. Last night, he didn’t vomit at all and Mary was so relieved! This morning, Mary spent some time in prayer with Annet from our spiritual team. Please be praying for this lovely little pair as well! Photo of Damascus

Jun 18, 2019

Damascus is on day 6 of his 14-day round of antibiotics! Mary can tell that he is looking and feeling better. His head has decreased in size and he seems more alert! He was having some problems with vomiting last night so the doctors are sending him to our CURE Uganda lab today in order to check his electrolyte levels. Thank you for praying for his continued healing! Photo of Damascus

Jun 14, 2019

We visited this morning with little Damascus and his mama Mary. They are doing well! They're glad to be back in the main ward and Mary had Damascus all tucked into a cosy warm blanket. He's pretty tiny, so the blanket definitely dwarfed him in size! Damascus's washout procedure went well and he is on some tylenol and anti-seizure medication with our CURE Uganda nurses checking on him frequently. Mary says he's breastfeeding well and they're just hanging tight as he recovers! Photo of Damascus

Jun 13, 2019

Little Damascus was the last baby to get surgery in our OR yesterday. He had to stop breastfeeding several hours before his procedure so he was VERY hungry leading up to it! We were laughing with mama Mary about how hungry and cranky he was, but she was able to calm him down pretty quickly after we took his photo. His surgery went well and he's all cosy in the ICU now. The nurses are giving him some anti-seizure medication and some tylenol. He's doing so well. Thank you for praying for this little guy! Photo of Damascus

Jun 12, 2019

We caught up with Damascus and his mama Mary outside our CURE Uganda lab where they were waiting for some more tests. We have a full lab with some amazing machines and fantastic scientists who help analyze our patients' blood and cerebrospinal fluid for infections and other issues! It's a wonderful resource and we couldn't take care of our patients without it. Later this afternoon, baby Damascus will have his washout procedure in the OR. This means that the CURE neurosurgeons will use clean fluid to wash out the inside of his brain to help flush out the infection. Thank you for praying for this little guy as he heads to surgery and for peace for his mom! Photo of Damascus

Jun 11, 2019

Damascus is awaiting surgery! He had his first washout earlier this year, but when he returned and his cerebrospinal fluid was analyzed It was found to still have infections. He will be heading for another washout this week. Please be praying for this little guy! Photo of Damascus

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