Simba's Procedure on
Benna had a normal pregnancy, free from illnesses and thereafter a normal delivery. However, when she gave birth to Simba, he developed pneumonia on his very first day in this world. He was transferred to a bigger hospital and was rushed straight t… Read more
Benna had a normal pregnancy, free from illnesses and thereafter a normal delivery. However, when she gave birth to Simba, he developed pneumonia on his very first day in this world. He was transferred to a bigger hospital and was rushed straight to the ICU where he received treatment for three whole weeks. Fortunately, he recovered from the pneumonia, but his struggles were still not over. He had low appetite and began feeding through a tube. Further investigations by Simba’s doctors revealed that he had a post infectious hydrocephalus. “We were always worried about the size of his head because it looked bigger than normal”, Benna says. It is after the confirmation that Simba has hydrocephalus that he was referred here to CURE Uganda. Back at home, Simba has an older sister Deklan. Deklan is healthy and very close to her brother. She is currently being cared for by their father Dickson, a businessman who supports their family. “Our family believes in Christ and we believe in miracles, I know that Simba will be healed”, Benna confides.
"Nobody messes with Simba!" - during morning rounds Issac, our physical therapist, was laughing with mama Benna about how chubby Simba is, and how his name means lion. She told us that his dad picked out his name, and it seems to fit! This little lion is doing so well that he and Benna get to head home today! He'll get his stitches out at a clinic near their home, and then come to see us in a few weeks for a checkup. Benna asked us to please thank everyone for all their care and for their prayers. The bible tells us that "the righteous are as bold as a lion", so we're praying that Simba would live that out as he grows up!
Simba had a successful surgery! Neurosurgeon Dr. Wegoye performed his ETV/CPC procedure, and after spending the night in the ICU, Simba is now back on the main ward with his mom, Benna. We checked on them this morning, and Benna said "thank you very much!" for praying for them. One part of what makes surgeries at CURE Uganda so successful is adherence to sterile technique - there are routines in the OR that help keep everything sterile, and certain ways to do things - even putting on gloves!
Well, Simba's day got off to a surprising start! He wasn't originally on the surgery schedule for today, but the OR had some changes, so he'll get his surgery today! We asked Benna if she was feeling nervous about the surgery, and she said "I'm a little worried, but it all depends on God". We encouraged her that the entire OR team prays for each baby before each surgery, and she was glad to hear that and agreed that prayer is so important! We're encouraged by her faith. Dr. Agatha met with Benna to explain more details about Simba's surgery. We'll let you know how it goes - thank you for praying!
As is the procedure, Simba's cerebrospinal fluid was tapped and sent to the labs for analysis. To add to his day, he also had some other blood work done. He is awaiting his surgery which will, Lord willing, be this week assuming all his tests come back good. Benna says that her husband plans on visiting her and Simba very soon. Please be praying for this sweet family!
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