Amecet n'ainapakin (Shelter of Peace) is a ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM)in Soroti, Uganda. We are reaching out to HIV infected and affected children. We also are caring for new born babies, who lost their mother after the delivery. The third group of children we help, are children who need a safe place, they mostly come via the police. In this blog we want to share with you our stories, our pictures, our needs and blessings!

Monday, February 6, 2012

An emotional day....

This morning I was busy with baby Moses, he is a12 days old baby who is with us since 27/1/2012. We had some fevers before, but on Saturday, he had fever again, we did a malaria test and yes, he had malaria. Directly on treatment, but Saturday night he developed a diarrhoea and I took him on Sunday again to the doctor. I had given him a NG tube, because he didn't want to drink. Today I took him again to the clinic next door and Dr. Engulu put him on IV drip. medication and also a sedation, because he didn't sleep and got so exhausted and his breathing was also not so good. I gave all the medication and kept a close eye on him. He seemed to do better, he was on and off sleeping. Until 2.30 pm, I came again into the room to check on him, then I realised, he was not breathing any more...  I got very fast our oxygen machine out and put the mask on his face then the saturation meter to see how bad it was. It was bad, also the heart beat was almost gone, I screamed to the staff to get Dr. Engulu (that's why neighbours are for!!!) and massage the heart and the lungs while giving the oxygen. Dr. Engulu came directly and examined and then put the squeezing oxygen balloon as well on his mouth, to push the oxygen from the machine into the lungs. 

His opinion was that the sedation had stopped the the breathing, even it was given 2 hours ago, it could work for 4 more hours, so we just had to squeeze the balloon until the breathing would start again.

Together with Marije, we squeezed until hour hands were painful, but Moses was not breathing on his own. We prayed and talked to Moses and we changed places and Marije and I were squeezing the balloon. At the end we felt that the saturation stayed a bit fair, but he was still not breathing. 
At 5.30 pm Dr. Engulu came back to check again, we were talking and looking at the baby's stomach,
if we would see one breath, you can see Dr. Engulu on this picture, looking if he would start to breath.  And suddenly.... yes we saw a movement!!! It was such a happy moment, all our efforts were not in vain!!! And there came more movements and he started to breath better and better.
You can not imagine our happiness, Moses is still alive and he is breathing!

I ran through Amecet to tell everybody, because this effect everyone. On the third picture you can see Moses now, he is back with us, even he is still on the oxygen machine and gets medication. But he is alive!!!

Then I got the message that the parents of Asianut were there to pick her, to take her home. Asianut came in Amecet on 21/11/2011 and she only weighed 1 kg and 40 gram!!! A very small little girl, we had to feed her in the beginning via a NG tube, but she is a strong little one! Today she went home weighing 3.240 kg!! That means that she more than trippled her weight in 11 weeks!!! Is that not great???

The first picture, taken on 21/11/11, her weight was 1.040 kg.
Today I took this picture, tried to put the thermometer again in, so you see the difference (don't know if it does help you) but her weight is here 3.240 kg.
Asianut is gone with both of her parents and we will see her on the comeback days.


  1. Hoi Els, wat een prachtige, indrukwekkende verhalen weer. Hoe zo'n manneke dan na uuuren toch zijn ademhaling weer oppakt... Hoe spannend moet dat toch ook voor jou/jullie zijn. Dat zijn tijden die moeten je heel wat kosten, maar wat een blijdschap, opluchting en dankbaarheid als hij er dan toch weer is (stel ik me zo voor)! Ik dank God voor jullie en het prachtige werk dat jullie daar mogen doen. Lieve groet, Rienk

  2. Als ik je verhaal zo lees, voel ik al de opluchting wanneer ik lees dat het kindje waar begon te ademen. Ik kan me dus wel een beetje voorstellen hoe een groot moment dat voor jullie heeft moeten zijn! Geweldig!!