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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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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