Florence

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  • Age6
  • Conditionhydrocephalus
  • Next Appointment 03/06/2020
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Florence's Story

Florence has a beautiful personality and a great smile - and she likes to talk ... a lot! She's here at CURE Uganda with her grandfather, Thomas, while her mother looks after her two younger siblings at home.

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Florence has a beautiful personality and a great smile - and she likes to talk ... a lot! She's here at CURE Uganda with her grandfather, Thomas, while her mother looks after her two younger siblings at home.

Florence first came to CURE Uganda in 2014, when she was just a young baby. When she was about three weeks old, her head size started to increase, so her mother Caroline took her to a local hospital that then referred them here to CURE. She has hydrocephalus, and when her mother brought her to CURE she had her first surgery to treat her hydrocephalus without a shunt. Last year, she needed a second surgery, and received a shunt, which helps transfer her cerebrospinal fluid from her brain to her abdomen.

Recently she hasn't been feeling too well so her grandfather has brought her all the way back to CURE from their home so that she can be checked out by our doctors and neurosurgeons to figure out what's going on! Florence has a lot of determination and grit for such a young girl, and we're so impressed by her perseverance and bravery. She has a special bond with grandfather Thomas, and they love each other a lot. We're so honored to continue to care for this beautiful and strong little girl!

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Nov 07, 2019

Florence is full of surprises! After not feeling well and sleeping all day, when we checked on her yesterday evening she had already bounced back! This morning when the doctors came by on their morning rounds she was back to her cheerful self and had a little conversation with neurosurgeon Dr. Emmanuel, who said that she could go home today. Although they will have a long journey today, she and grandfather Thomas are glad to be heading home, and we're looking forward to seeing them at her next review appointment. Thank you for all your kind get-well messages and prayers for Florence! Photo of Florence

Nov 06, 2019

Florence has been having a tough day! After doing so well yesterday, the doctors were surprised to see that she's not feeling well today and has been sleeping all day. They did a CT scan and her shunt is in the right spot, so they're doing some more tests to try to evaluate why she's feeling so poorly. Please be praying for her and her grandfather Thomas, too! Photo of Florence

Nov 05, 2019

Wow! Florence has bounced back from surgery like the champion that she is! She moved down to the main ward this morning, and after having a CAT scan to check on the results of moving her shunt, we caught her having lunch with the other families and patients. She's doing super well and we're so impressed with her tenacity. Thank you for all the sweet get-well messages that you've sent for her, and please continue praying as she continues to recover! Photo of Florence

Nov 04, 2019

Today neurosurgeon Dr. Emmanuel Wegoye performed Florence's surgery! With the surgical and anesthesia team, he was able to reposition her shunt so that it could drain the fluid in her brain more effectively. Hopefully this will help her to feel a lot better! Nurse Joy watched her carefully in the post-anesthesia care unit and then transferred her to the ICU where she'll recover with grandfather Thomas staying close by. Thank you for your prayers and get-well messages for Florence! Photo of Florence

Nov 01, 2019

Florence has decided that she likes getting her picture taken! She isn't getting her surgery quite yet, so she and grandfather Thomas have a few more days to wait. Her head is hurting a little bit but overall she's doing ok and is her usual chatty self! She and Thomas attended ward worship afternoon but she was a bit distracted and tried to make an escape in her wheelchair. Florence definitely has a big, spunky personality! Photo of Florence

Nov 01, 2019

Today Florence and grandfather Thomas are having a peaceful day together and awaiting her surgery, which hopefully will be tomorrow. We learned today that Florence loves to talk! Apparently no one in the hostel can go to sleep until she is finished chatting and falls asleep at night, and then she's up at 5am ready to go! She's a charmer for sure and has such a spunky personality! This morning she was wanting a snack before lunch, so Thomas bought her a chapati from cook Justine, who told us 'he really loves his granddaughter'. It's sweet to see what a great job Thomas does of loving Florence. We'll keep you posted on this talkative little one! Photo of Florence

Nov 01, 2019

Florence was so brave today! David, one of our lab scientists took her blood, and it was pretty tricky to find the right spot. Florence was scared but very patient, and when David found the right vein, she broke into a big smile! Grandfather Thomas was with her the whole time and shared his green handkerchief so she could wipe away the tears. They are staying in our patient hostel and had a good lunch together at the CURE dining room - rice and potatoes and beef! Thomas let us know that Florence's father isn't part of her life, but mama Caroline is doing well. Thank you for praying for Florence and Thomas! Photo of Florence

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