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  • Conditionspina bifida
  • Currently In Hospital

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Tiny Baby Esther shares a name with a beautiful, wise and powerful queen! When we talked with her mom Josephine, she didn't know all the details of Queen Esther's story, but we know our spiritual team will be glad to share the story with her. This … Read more

Tiny Baby Esther shares a name with a beautiful, wise and powerful queen! When we talked with her mom Josephine, she didn't know all the details of Queen Esther's story, but we know our spiritual team will be glad to share the story with her. This little Esther was born about an hour away from CURE Uganda, and she has a myelomeningocele, which is a type of spina bifida. The workers at the NGO clinic where she was born sent her and Josephine to us right away and we're glad she was able to come so quickly. Josephine was concerned when she realized Esther has spina bifida, but she and her family are born-again Christians, and she's praying that she'll be ok. Esther is the 4th born child of their family, and both her parents are working as farmers. Her father previously was working as a security officer, but unfortunately he lost his job last fall. We talked with Josephine about her dreams for baby Esther and she said she's praying that she'll become a teacher or a healthcare worker when she grows up. We're excited to see what God's great plans and purposes are for Esther!

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Josephine and Esther had a pretty quiet day on the ward today as they wait for Esther's surgery. Esther is feeling well overall, and hopefully will have surgery later this week. Josephine has two other children at home, so is eager to get back to the rest of the family! Thank you for sending get-well messages for Esther and for continuing to pray for her. Photo of Esther


Esther seems to be feeling a lot better today! She is more awake and alert. She and Josephine have moved from the patient hostel to the main ward. The nurses are keeping an eye on Esther as she waits for surgery, which hopefully will be this week. Josephine did some laundry after lunch today, and will attend worship on the ward with the other moms and babies this afternoon! Photo of Esther

Jan 17, 2020

Esther and mama Josephine are back at CURE Uganda a few days earlier than expected! After receiving a small CSF tap on her head a few days ago, Esther started leaking fluid through the small hole left by the needle, so Josephine brought her right back to CURE. She is such a great mother and is doing a fantastic job taking care of Esther. The doctors bandaged up her head, and they expect that Esther will get her surgery early next week to treat her hydrocephalus again. Thank you for praying for Esther and Josephine as they wait! Photo of Esther

Jan 16, 2020

Esther and Josephine have headed home, but they'll be back at CURE Uganda next week. Dr. Noah explained that Esther will need another surgery to re-open up a pathway for her cerebrospinal fluid to flow freely. Thank you for praying for them while they wait to come back and prepare for her next surgery.

Jan 15, 2020

Little Esther hasn't been feeling too well lately, so Josephine brought her back to see the CURE Uganda doctors today. Because they're concerned her cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) may be blocked again, they ordered a CT scan and a tap of her CSF. Outpatient nurse Richard said that Josephine is such a great mom, and does such a good job of caring for Esther. The doctors will review the test results, and make a plan this afternoon. Last time we saw Esther she had her feet in casts to treat her clubfeet, and Josephine was thrilled to show us that her treatment is complete! As part of the Ponseti method treatment for clubfoot, Esther will wear special braces on her feet at night, but she's all done with casting! Photo of Esther

Dec 09, 2019

"It's a miracle!" Josephine said with a smile. She brought Esther back for her checkup today, and was excited to share how well Esther is doing! She's 6 months old now and is smiling and even sitting up by herself! Because she also has club feet, she's been getting her feet cast in the Ponseti method at a local hospital. This is a fantastic system that, through a series of casts, slowly helps move a baby's feet back into the correct position. Thankfully, there are several hospitals and clinics in Uganda that provide this service, and we so appreciate the great work they do! Josephine is really thankful to God and thankful for people who have been praying for little Esther. We can all rejoice together! Photo of Esther

Aug 01, 2019

“Esther is stable, so we are sending are home today”, Dr. Michael said. Josephine told us that she is excited because she will be heading home to see her other children. We thank God for this development! Photo of Esther

Jul 31, 2019

Baby Esther spent a night calm in the ICU with her mom by her side. Baby Esther has a cough but apart from that she is doing well, she is feeding well. Mama Josephine and baby Esther have been transferred in the ward this morning. Thank you all for your prayer and please keep praying for baby Esther’s recovery

Jul 30, 2019

This morning baby Esther was the first to head into our OR where she had an ETV/CPC surgery. The doctors made a small hole in Esther's brain which will allow the excess fluid to properly drain out, removing the danger of hydrocephalus! The surgery was successful, and she is now in PACU. Her mother Josephine told us that she is praying for Esther and can’t wait to see her when she gets out of OR. Josephine has moved their stuff from the ward to ICU where her and Esther will spend the night. Please pray that she stabilizes fast! Photo of Esther

Jul 29, 2019

Baby Esther has been having a rough time since we saw her last. Josephine noticed that Esther's head had started to increase in size. She also knew that hydrocephalus is a related condition to Esther's original spina bifida. Josephine made the right call to bring Esther back here to us at CURE Uganda. We were unfortunately able to confirm Josephine's fears that Esther does indeed have hydrocephalus. Esther has been admitted to the ward and is getting a CT scan from which our surgeons will make a plan for surgery. Please be praying for this pair. Photo of Esther

Jun 17, 2019

Esther and her mom stopped by for a checkup today and it was great to see them! They are doing well and Esther had a good checkup with our doctors. Mama Josephine says Esther is breastfeeding well and we can tell she's getting bigger already! Thank you for all the lovely get-well messages you've sent and for your prayers for this family! Photo of Esther

Jun 10, 2019

Mama Josephine was very happy this morning as she and Esther were able to go home today! Esther is recovering well from her surgery and our pharmacy sent her home with just some tylenol as that's all she needs. She will have her stitches out next week at a local health clinic and will be back to see us for a checkup in July. We know God's heart overflows with love for this baby and her mama and we're pretty crazy about her too! Thank you for praying for continued peace and safety as they travel home. Photo of Esther

Jun 07, 2019

Baby Esther is recovering in the ICU this morning and mama Josephine is keeping a close eye on her. Nurse Martha was helping wean Esther off her oxygen this morning and her oxygen levels got a little low which really scared Josephine. It can be so hard to have your tiny baby surrounded by all these wires and machines! Esther should be breathing on her own pretty soon though. The doctors are going to keep her in the ICU for one more day and she should be able to go back to the main ward tomorrow. We're printing out all your beautiful get well messages and will give them to Josephine which should really encourage her today! Photo of Esther

Jun 06, 2019

Esther had her surgery this afternoon to repair her myelomeningocele. CURE Uganda neurosurgeon Dr. Emmanuel Wegoye, assisted by visiting neurosurgeon Dr. Frank Boakye from Ghana, worked to repair this condition on her back. A myelomeningocele is the most severe type of spina bifida. In this condition, part of a baby's spinal cord doesn't form correctly and the spinal cord pushes through a gap in the skin and vertebrae. It's a serious condition and our neurosurgeons perform this operation to repair it almost every single day! Esther will recover in our PACU (post-anesthesia care unit) and then be transferred to the ICU where mama Josephine will be ready to welcome her. Photo of Esther

Jun 05, 2019

Shhh! Baby Esther was ready for a nap after her mom gave her a bath and cuddled her in her soft pink blanket. Josephine and Esther are waiting for her surgery date to be scheduled so they are just enjoying resting on the ward for now. We talked with one of our clinicians Joshua this morning and he said Esther is doing well. In addition to spina bifida, she does have bilateral club feet, which means both of her feet are turned inwards. Once she's completed her time here with us at CURE Uganda, we may refer her to another hospital in Uganda that can help with her feet. This process usually involves a series of casts to help the baby's feet turn the correct way. She may have a long journey, but we know God is with her and her family! Photo of Esther

Jun 04, 2019

Baby Esther was originally scheduled to have surgery today, but since it's the end of Ramadan, today is a public holiday in Uganda so surgeries had to be rescheduled. Esther hopefully will have her surgery later this week! But for now, she's very content cuddling with her mama and breastfeeding - she's a happy camper! Photo of Esther

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