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Though Memory’s baby is two weeks old, he has not yet been given a name. It will have to be a family decision, but before that can happen the baby needs some serious medical attention. He was born with spina bifida, so in result there is a large s… Read more
Though Memory’s baby is two weeks old, he has not yet been given a name. It will have to be a family decision, but before that can happen the baby needs some serious medical attention. He was born with spina bifida, so in result there is a large sore on his lower spine. Sadly, this will likely mean that the baby won’t be able to use his lower limbs or control his bowels when he grows up.
He was brought to Beit CURE by his Aunt Kaluba who explained that Memory was mentally ill and epileptic. She didn’t understand the need of her child’s condition, so Kaluba took it upon herself to help him. The baby’s father is unknown, and his grandmother helps Memory care for him. At first, his grandmother refused to take him to the hospital because she needed to tend her farm, but the baby’s spina bifida wound became infected and his temperature spiked. That’s when Kaluba stepped in.
The baby’s wound has been cleaned and dressed, and he’s scheduled for an operation on Friday. We admire Aunt Kaluba for the love and responsibility she has shown for her nephew, and we pray for the physical and spiritual health of their whole family.
Gift Nkhoma's case is complete! He has been referred to the University Teaching Hospital to continue recovering and it seems our part in his journey is done. Thank you all for the support and care that made Gift's treatment possible.
Gift and his aunt now have some company on the neuro side of the ward since the neurosurgeon returned from India.
Though communication is limited, Gift's aunt and I were still able to say "Good morning" to each other.
The official report: Gift's wound is granulating well, meaning the skin is becoming grainy as a necessary part of the healing process. It is clean with no sign of pus, but the nurses must continue with the dressing changes. He's been taken off antibiotics, unless the pus or redness returns. Though Gift has spent nearly a month in the hospital, it has been more than worth it.
Still wound cleaning! This may be the longest time that a patient has stayed in recovery at Beit CURE Hospital...
It's possible that Gift may be sent home over the weekend, but for now he'll remain in the ward.
Gift's wound is finally starting to clear up. Maybe he and his family will be able to go home soon!
The doctor's notes look about the same: sleeping well, feeding well, wound still septic (infected). His aunt was taking a nap while his mother Memory watched a movie playing in the ward!
Gift is still on antibiotics because his wound isn't healing well. Like any newborn, all he seems to do is sleep. Maybe we will start to see more of his personality in the coming days.
Though Gift has been doing well, his wound is discharging pus and will need dressing changes more often. He'll likely stay in the ward for a while yet.
Baby of Memory Nkhoma is in recovery at CURE Zambia. Learn more at http://bit.ly/VqTm4K
The neruo surgeon has decided to save Baby's surgery until Monday.
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