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Marline and her mom, Catherine, have had a very long journey to CURE Uganda, and we're so glad they're here! Marline is from Juba, South Sudan, which is a country that has suffered from civil war and violence for much of the past decade. In 2017, a… Read more
Marline and her mom, Catherine, have had a very long journey to CURE Uganda, and we're so glad they're here! Marline is from Juba, South Sudan, which is a country that has suffered from civil war and violence for much of the past decade. In 2017, a famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, and while the famine is officially over now, many millions of people still face food insecurity.
In the midst of this complicated situation, baby Marline was born with a complicated medical condition. She has spina bifida, which is a type of birth defect where a baby's spine doesn't form properly. There are different types of spina bifida, and Marline has what is called myelomeningocele, where her spinal nerves and the tissues covering them emerge from an opening in her back. Thankfully, there is hope! CURE Uganda neurosurgeons perform more than 100 surgeries each year treating children with this condition, and we have an entire team of medical and spiritual staff who are ready to help meet their needs.
Having a baby with a serious health condition, and living in a country where there is suffering and violence can be very overwhelming. We know that Catherine is a brave and courageous mom. She sacrificed to make the long journey here to get Marline the care she needs. It's a blessing and honor to be able to provide care for Marline, and we are praying that they both feel loved and welcomed as they settle into CURE Uganda. Thank you for being part of the team that is praying for them!
Marline has been feeling pretty sleepy today! She's been having some issues with the surgical site on her back, which is having a bit of trouble healing. So, the doctors and nurses are keeping a close eye on it. Please join us in praying that her incision will heal well and that they can head home soon to be with the rest of their family!
Marline and Catherine have moved back to the main ward and are doing great! Catherine is delighted with the results of Marline's surgery. There are a few other mothers and babies here this week from South Sudan, and Catherine and one of the other moms had fun this morning playing Connect 4 together. Catherine kept winning, which brought moments of laughter and joy. It's so good to laugh together as a part of the healing process!
This morning, Catherine had the biggest smile on her face! She is thrilled with the results of Marline's surgery! She asked us to take a photo of Marline in the ICU so that she can show her friends and family back home in South Sudan. Catherine wants to show everyone what she and Marline have experienced here at CURE Uganda. We're so thankful that Marline is doing well and that Catherine is so happy!
Marline had her surgery today! Because the babies can't eat anything for a few hours before their surgeries, she was pretty hungry before heading into the operating room. Thankfully, Catherine was able to calm her down by singing to her. Neurosurgeon Dr. Wegoye and the operating room team performed the surgery she needed to treat her spina bifida. In this picture, the anesthesiologists are preparing her for surgery. They're an indispensable part of the surgical team, and we're so thankful for them! They allow our patients to have surgery without pain during their operations, which is truly amazing. Marline is recovering now in the ICU, with Catherine close by. Please pray for Marline's recovery.
Little Marline has been pretty sleepy the past few days, but we caught her awake this morning! She continues to wait for surgery, and the doctors let Catherine know that they're hoping tomorrow will be the day. Thank you for the get-well messages for Marline and encouragement for Catherine. We delivered them to her today and let her know that many people are praying for them!
Today, we caught baby Marline in the middle of a big yawn! Catherine was giving her some medicine, and after finishing it, she was ready to go back to sleep. Marline and Catherine are doing well in the ward. The neurosurgeons and medical team checked on them this morning, and the nurses continue to make sure Marline is getting all the medicine she needs while she waits for her surgery. Thank you for the kind get-well messages and for praying for her!
Marline and Catherine had a bit of a schedule change today! Because there were a couple of emergency cases, her surgery was changed to either tomorrow or Monday. Marline isn't feeling too great but is cuddled up with Catherine and the medical team is keeping a close eye on her. It's good to know she has a lot of nurses, doctors, surgeons, and a faithful mama (and a faithful God) watching over her!
Marline is having surgery tomorrow! The anesthesia team has given her a checkup to be sure she is strong enough for surgery. One of the nurse anesthesiologists came by this afternoon to talk with Catherine about the surgery and be sure she understands what is going to happen. We're so thankful that our medical team treats all the patients and their families with such kindness - even when filling out paperwork! Thank you for praying for Catherine and Marline as they look forward to surgery tomorrow.
Catherine and Marline are getting settled into CURE Uganda! While they wait for Marline's surgery date to be scheduled, they are staying in the patient hostel with eight other moms. There's also a nurse on duty to keep a close eye on the babies. Marline was born just about two weeks ago, and she's still pretty tiny. Her back is painful, and Catherine, who is an experienced mom, is doing a great job being extra gentle with her. Thank you for praying for them as they adjust to the hospital!
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