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“I never imagined that I would give birth to a child with a defect”, Nancy says. Gladys is Nancy’s third child and all her siblings are healthy. She, however, was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal co… Read more
“I never imagined that I would give birth to a child with a defect”, Nancy says. Gladys is Nancy’s third child and all her siblings are healthy. She, however, was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don't form properly. Nancy had no clue what to do with Gladys' spina bifida, but Gladys soon developed a blessing in disguise. She came down with infantile jaundice and Nancy brought Gladys a missionary hospital for this. At this hospital, the staff were able to treat Gladys and then help explain to Nancy about Gladys spina bifida. The doctors there then referred Nancy and Gladys to us here at CURE Uganda where Gladys will get the treatment she needs! Nancy’s husband is taking care of their other children back at home and is also taking care of their farm which is their only source of income. Here at CURE Uganda Nancy has met many mothers who speak her language and are going through similar situations as she is. We pray she finds comfort, support, and healing while here with us.
Gladys and Nancy headed home today! We missed the chance to say goodbye to them this morning, but we'll see them again when they come to one of our mobile clinics for Gladys's next checkup. The nurses taught Nancy how to change Gladys's dressings for her surgical wound, and provided her with the materials she needs to keep doing dressing changes at home. While at CURE Uganda, Nancy developed a friendship with Immaculate from our spiritual department and you can see how much they enjoy each other!
Gladys was hiding a bit! It's rainy season in Uganda and today was actually pretty cold so mama Nancy had her wrapped up tight. The nurses are still working on regular dressing changes for Gladys and keeping a close eye on her wound - would you please pray with us that it heals soon? Thank you for all the kind get-well messages and prayers for Gladys and her family!
“It is hard for me to determine when she will be discharged because her wound still has pus and she is still on antibiotics until the pus clears”, said Dr. Noah who is on call this week. Nancy told us that she managed to call home and update her husband about the decisions the doctors have made in regard to Gladys’ treatment. She added that he is praying for them. Please be praying too.
This morning we woke up to find that Gladys’ wound had gotten worse over the night and started to discharge pus. “We were disappointed because it looked good yesterday and we thought we would discharge her in next couple of days, but it now looks like we will have to keep her here for a while longer”, said Jacob, Gladys’ clinician. He said that the plan today is to release some of the stitches, wash up the wound and then give it a fresh dressing. Later on in the week, the nurses will also be teaching Nancy how to dress the wound herself. Please keep Gladys in your prayers.
“The wound now looks better. Mama you have three more days on antibiotics, and we shall let you go home”, Dr. Emma told Nancy this morning. Nancy said that her weekend was very busy. She attended devotions, did laundry, and chatted with her friends. She has noticed a significant improvement in Gladys’ health like Gladys isn't as irritable anymore and no longer has spiking fevers. Please continue praying for Gladys and her mother!
Gladys had a successful surgery! Pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Emmanuel Wegoye performed the operation to treat her spina bifida, assisted by the OR team of nurses, scrub techs, and anesthesiologists. Safe surgery definitely requires an entire team! After recovering in the PACU, Gladys spent the night in the ICU and today was transferred back to the main ward. We're praying for a smooth recovery and peaceful weekend for her and mama Nancy - thank you for praying, too!
Gladys is back on the surgery schedule for today, and she was feeling hungry this morning! Since babies need to have empty stomachs before they head to the OR, they need to stop breastfeeding a few hours before surgery - which can make them pretty cranky! This morning Nancy met with Pastor Immaculate from our spiritual team, who prayed with her and encouraged her. Thank you for praying for Gladys and the OR team as she has her surgery today!
Gladys and her mama had a bit of a roller-coaster day! Gladys was originally scheduled for surgery (yay!) but then because we didn't have quite enough free space in the ICU, the surgeons had to re-sort the surgery schedule (oh no!). So, we're hoping she'll have her surgery tomorrow. Thankfully, we know that nothing takes God by surprise, and all these changes aren't a challenge to Him at all. Thank you for praying for Gladys and mama Nancy while they wait!
Well, Gladys is still in pre-surgery waiting mode! She and mama Nancy are having a pretty quiet day, but they were able to attend worship on the ward this afternoon. Pastor Simon Peter led the service, with housekeeper Rebecca leading the singing. We're really thankful that we have afternoon worship each weekday on the ward! Thank you for praying for Nancy and Gladys as they wait for a spot on the surgical list!
“There is a high chance that Gladys will have surgery tomorrow”, said our clinician Jacob. Nancy told us that she is nervous because no one in her family has had surgery before. We're doing our best to put her at ease and we're excited for Gladys!
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