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Nabirye is a young mother and Zaituna is the first daughter of her and her husband. They live a simple life, farming the land and carving out a space for themselves. For seven months, Zaituna brought nothing but joy to their simple life, but then t… Read more
Nabirye is a young mother and Zaituna is the first daughter of her and her husband. They live a simple life, farming the land and carving out a space for themselves. For seven months, Zaituna brought nothing but joy to their simple life, but then things became complicated. Nabirye noticed that Zaituna's head seemed to be growling larger and larger. Assuming it was just an aspect of motherhood she hadn't learned about yet, Nabirye shrugged it off and they continued with their life. It wasn't until Nabirye took Zaituna to a local health clinic for some immunizations that the nurse noticed Zaituna's abnormally large head. The doctor then took a look and backed up the nurses inclination that Zaituna may have hydrocephalus, a dangerous condition where excess fluid is trapped in the brain. If untreated, the excess fluid will increase the pressure inside the skull possibly causing blindness, brain damage, and even death. The doctor quickly referred Nabirye and Zaituna here to us at CURE Uganda as we are specialists in treating hydrocephalus. Nabirye was scared at first, but the doctor encouraged her and told her how there is hope for Zaituna with proper treatment.
Despite her round-about journey, we know that God has a plan for Baby Zaituna, and we are so happy she is with us at CURE Uganda!
Baby Zaituna's fever has finally broked and she was camping out on her mama's back during laundry time this morning! She and mama Zahara are heading home today, and we'll see her again at one of our mobile clinics at the end of August. The doctors have prescribed some meds for her, and she can get her stitches out at a local clinic near her home next week! We're so glad she is doing well and that she and Zahara are heading home. Thank you for your prayers for their family!
Zaituna still has a fever so Dr. Michael has decided to keep her in the ward under observation. Her mother Zahara says she misses home but also knows that she needs to do what's best for Zaituna. She asked us to be praying for her baby’s condition to stabilize.
Baby Zaituna spent the night in the ICU and has been transferred back to the main ward with mama Zahara. She's doing incredibly well! She's had a bit of a fever, but the nurses are giving her medication and keeping an eye on her. This morning she was hanging out with her mom and enjoying some delicious chapati for breakfast! Chapati is an Ugandan flat bread and it's sooo yummy! We're so glad that Zaituna is doing well and has a good appetite!
Zaituna’s surgery, an ETV, was successful and she in now in ICU. The doctors created several small holes in her brain which will allow the excess fluid in there to drain out. Her mother Zahara told us that she is very relieved that the operation was successful and that baby Zaituna immediately recognized her and smiled. Zaituna is feeding well and all her vitals are stable. Please continue to pray for baby Zaituna and Zahara!
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