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Little Arthur has a big sister at home who is waiting for him, and two parents who love him a lot! He's already been through some pretty big challenges in his short lifetime; as a very young infant he suffered from a bad infection which transferred… Read more
Little Arthur has a big sister at home who is waiting for him, and two parents who love him a lot! He's already been through some pretty big challenges in his short lifetime; as a very young infant he suffered from a bad infection which transferred to his brain and caused post-infectious hydrocephalus. He started having frequent seizures, and his mother, Neume, noticed that his head was increasing in size. Thankfully, a doctor at their hospital referred them to CURE Uganda, and Neume and Arthur arrived last week.
The doctors at CURE Uganda help children with this particular type of infection every single day. In fact, they are some of the best neurosurgeons in all of East Africa in treating post-infectious hydrocephalus! Lately, more and more infants with this type of illness have been coming to CURE Uganda, so Neume and Arthur are waiting for a spot to open up on the surgical schedule. As soon as that happens, Arthur can get the surgery he needs to treat his hydrocephalus, and can head home to reunite with his big sister. He's breastfeeding well and the CURE Uganda doctors and nurses are monitoring him every day to be sure he's holding steady while he waits.
We assured Neume that we would be praying for a successful surgery and healing for little Arthur. Thank you for joining with us in prayer!
Arthur and Neume are both doing well! Today we asked Neume if she had any books to read, and she said "the Bible!'. Her favorite book is the Psalms, and her favorite Psalm is Psalm 35, especially verses 1 and 2 which say "Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take up shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid". We're so thankful for Neume's faith!
Bath time!! Arthur is having a great day and was pretty happy about his bath! We were joking with Neume that babies have a pretty great schedule - eat, sleep, bath time, eat, sleep... not too bad! He's feeling well and he and Neume are just hanging tight as they wait for his surgery date next week. They are staying with a few other moms and babies, including Blessing, who is another one of our CUREkids this week!
Well hey, there! Arthur was feeling super wiggly and 'talkative' this afternoon - cooing and making all sorts of baby sounds. We're so glad that he's feeling better! The surgeons have told Neume that he should be having his surgery next week, so they still have some time to go. She hasn't been able to work since Arthur was diagnosed, and that's pretty tough and frustrating, as you can imagine! But, she is of course so thankful that he's getting better. Being a mom of a baby with a complicated condition isn't easy, and we're thankful for your prayers for Neume as she continues to take such great care of little Arthur.
Well, baby Arthur has been a bit of a puzzle this week! At first the medical team thought he really needed surgery, but lately he's been looking a bit better, so they are reevaluating. They're going to work together to review his case and make sure they make the best possible decision for him. So, he and mama Neume are resting and waiting. This afternoon they attended worship together with the other moms and babies, and were encouraged by learning a bible story from Pastor Annet and Nurse Emmanuel. Thank you for praying for them as they wait for the doctors' decision!
Yesterday, clinical officer Joshua met with Arthur and his parents. He was able to determine that Arthur's cerebrospinal fluid has become blocked again, so he will need another surgery to treat his hydrocephalus. Because the hospital is so full right now, he scheduled Arthur to come back in a couple weeks for his operation. We're praying for his family as they care for him and wait to come back to CURE Uganda!
Arthur came back to CURE Uganda today! His parents have been feeling concerned that his head size is increasing, so they both came with him to see the doctor. Because we have a CT scan right on-site, the radiographer was able to do the scan that will help determine if he needs another operation to treat his hydrocephalus. The medical team is going to review his scan later today and will let Arthur's parents know the result and their plan for moving forward.
Over the weekend, Arthur and Neume headed home! He'll get his stitches out next week at a local heath care clinic and then we'll see him next month for his checkup appointment. We're so glad he had a fairly speedy hospital stay and are praying for him as he continues to grow and heal at home!
Bath time! Arthur was feeling a bit feverish this afternoon, so mama Neume cooled him down with a nice bath. He's continuing to recover well from his surgery, and he and Neume will hopefully get to head home soon. She is very excited to get home and see the rest of the family, including Arthur's big sister!
Arthur is recovering well from the surgery and neurosurgeon Dr. Wegoye gave the go-ahead this morning for him to move from the ICU back to the main ward! Neume is doing a great job taking care of him as he recovers. She's been in touch with the rest of the family back home, and they're all doing well, too. Thank you for praying for Arthur as he continues to recover!
Arthur had his surgery today! He was the first baby on the surgical list this morning, and neurosurgeon Dr. Emmanuel performed an ETV/CPC procedure. This created a way for his cerebrospinal fluid to flow more freely, and will also help his brain stop producing too much fluid. Now he's recovering well in the ICU. Neume and the ICU nurses are making sure he's getting medical care plus lots of love!
Little Arthur has been having a pretty sleepy day! He's been cuddled up in his cute bunny blanket and resting with mama Neume. Neume's name is pronounced like 'Naomi', and she is named after the story of Ruth and Naomi in the Bible - it's a great story! Even though Ruth and Naomi experienced much suffering, God was loving and kind to them, and provided for their needs in an amazing way. We're praying that God would continue to show his loving kindness to Neume and her family - since He is the very same God, his loving kindness never changes or fails. Thank you for praying along with us!
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