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Little Polycarp first came to CURE Uganda when he was just two months old! He has post-infectious hydrocephalus, which is a condition where an infection causes a blockage of cerebrospinal fluid in a baby's brain. This blockage causes the fluid to b… Read more
Little Polycarp first came to CURE Uganda when he was just two months old! He has post-infectious hydrocephalus, which is a condition where an infection causes a blockage of cerebrospinal fluid in a baby's brain. This blockage causes the fluid to back up, causing an increase in head size that can eventually lead to death. Polycarp had one surgical procedure done already, and is now back at CURE Uganda for some more testing and likely another surgery to continue to treat his hydrocephalus.
Polycarp is the youngest of 7 children and comes from a Christian family. While his mom understands that hydrocephalus is a medical condition, people in their village have been saying that his hydrocephalus is caused by witchcraft. This is a common misconception in Uganda, and the pastors, social workers, doctors and CURE Pastors Network all work hard to spread the truth about what really causes hydrocephalus and the other medical conditions we see at the hospital.
We're so glad that Polycarp's family knows the truth, and are praying that the people in his village would know the truth as well. We let his mom know that people around the world would be praying for him, and she asked that we pray for his surgery and continued healing!
Polycarp and Evalin are going home today! The doctors gave them the all-clear, and they are starting their journey home. They live a few hours away from CURE Uganda, so please be praying for traveling mercies for them. We'll see them again at a mobile clinic near their home in a few weeks. Evalin became friends with baby David's mom, and they're also heading home today, so we got a snap of both moms and babies before they left!
Little Polycarp and mama Evalin have moved back to the main ward from the ICU. Polycarp is still definitely in recovery mode after his surgery. He's been fighting a fever, and the nurses and Evalin have been keeping a close eye on him. They gave him some medicine which should help to decrease the fever. Thank you for praying for this little guy and his mama as he continues to recover!
Polycarp had his surgery today! Neurosurgeon Dr. Oktech installed a VPS, which stands for ventriculoperitoneal shunt. This is a small plastic tube that will funnel Polycarp's excess fluid from his brain to the abdominal cavity, where his body can absorb it. His surgery went well, and he's now resting in the ICU with Evalin and the ICU nurses watching over him. We talked with Evalin and she said that she's feeling hopeful that she will see improvement for little Polycarp after his surgery!
Little Polycarp is having a quiet day today! Dr. Wegoye checked on him during morning rounds, and Nurse Daisy helped translate his communications to Evalin. The families who come to CURE Uganda speak many different languages, so the whole medical team takes turns translating! Polycarp's salt levels are still low, so he's continuing on with his salt solution, and should be up for surgery next week! Thank you for praying for him and Evalin as they rest this weekend.
Polycarp is having a pretty sleepy day, but mama Evalin is doing a great job taking care of him! We caught her in the middle of tucking him in and folding up some sheets and blankets. She's definitely making sure he is cosy and well cared for while he rests. Polycarp's salt levels are a bit low, so the doctors are making sure he gets a salt solution to hopefully get the levels back up before surgery. Thanks for praying this little guy and his kind mama!
We had some help with translation today! Because Polycarp's mama speaks a language that isn't as common at CURE Uganda, Pretty's mom came over to help translate! Both Pretty and Polycarp are CUREkids for the week, and they both have hydrocephalus. Their families are staying in the hostel while they wait for surgery. Polycarp has already had the testing he needs to get ready for surgery - a CT scan, bloodwork, and a tap of his cerebrospinal fluid to test for infection. We encouraged his mama that people would be praying for them!
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