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Zainabu, a 21-year-old woman, was in school when she got pregnant with her first child, Shirati. She was very excited and went to all her prenatal appointments. However when she gave birth, she and her mother were very shocked that the baby had spi… Read more
Zainabu, a 21-year-old woman, was in school when she got pregnant with her first child, Shirati. She was very excited and went to all her prenatal appointments. However when she gave birth, she and her mother were very shocked that the baby had spina bifida, a condition that neither her nor her mother had ever seen. It's a condition where the spine does not form properly and results in a sack of fluid and nerves protrudes out the baby's back.
“When the midwife told me that my baby had this disease and she needed surgery, I became worried because we didn’t have any money. I became very depressed because people told me we had to go to the big hospital in the capital and we needed lots of money.” Zainabu told us. Thankfully, one of the nurses told Zainabu about us here at CURE Uganda and that we offer help to struggling families. With some financial assistance from her parents for transportation, Zainabu made the decision to bring Shirati to us. Once Shirati is safe, Zainabu plans to return to school and become a tailor so that she is able to earn the money needed to care for Shirati. Please join us in praying for the young family!
The results have come back from baby Shirati's CT scan yesterday, and thankfully they show she does not have hydrocephalus! With this good news, baby Shirati and Zainabu were discharged from the hospital. They will be back next month for Shirati’s review. Thank you all for your prayers and support!
Baby Shirati spent a calm night in the ward with her mom by her side. During the morning rounds, Dr. Peter sent baby Shirati to the lab to have some blood tests done and then to have a CT scan. Dr. Peter just wants to check what's going on as Shirati's head seems to have grown a little since she arrived at the hospital and spina bifida is often linked to hydrocephalus. Please keep praying for baby Shirati's recovery.
Baby Shirati is doing well. She was indeed transferred back to the ward late yesterday and spent a calm night in the ward with her mom. Shirati is stable and she is breastfeeding well said Zainabu. Thank you all for your prayer and keep praying for Baby Shirati.
Praise the Lord! Baby Shirati had a nice and stable night with her mother anxiously watching over her. It can be nerve wracking with all the machines and wires in the ICU, but Shirati handled it like a champ! The plan is for Shirati and Zainabu to be transferred back to the ward today and we're so excited by this little one's progress!
Aisha, Zainabu's sister and Shirati's aunt, was here to comfort Zainabu as she awaited for Shirati to head to surgery. Aisha and Zainabu also attended this afternoon's devotions together. The procedure to treat Shirati's spina bifida was successful! Baby Shirati will spend the night in ICU and Lord willing, she will be back in the ward by tomorrow afternoon. Please be praying that she has a stable night.
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