This is Lazarus, he is 5 days old and lost his mother shortly after he was born. We are concern about him because he has small convulsions, the doctor has put him on medication, but we still notice the convulsion now and then. He is also quite sleepy, because of his medication, it is very hard to feed him.
Then we have (left) Dennis, he is already 3 weeks old. He comes from Karomoja, the district North of Soroti (Teso). The people live there like nomads and it is quite remote. The people don't go very fast to the doctor and the mother of Dennis got infections after giving birth and died from those infections. Dennis came to us via the Probation Officer (Child protection) from that area. We have at the moment 3 children via him. He is trying to find a permanent place within their families for them, but at least the children are safe after the death of their mother. At the right is a baby of 1 day old. She was born yesterday by Cesarean. Everything went well, but after the operation the mother suddenly started to bleed and nothing could be done to save her. The father brought her this morning to us and tomorrow is the burial from the mother in the village.
Then we still struggle with little Esther. This week was it again running to the doctor. You can see the picture, she is not doing well. She gains a little bit and then the next day she loose it again. We also took her to the hospital and got the DNA result, she is HIV-!! I was happy with that, but what makes her so weak and sick? We got now special feeding from the hospital, we have to feed her that every three hours. We hope and pray that she absorbs that better than the formula milk we gave her before.
But we also have some good news: we said goodbye to Christine, she has been a year with us. She came very malnourished, her weight was 13 kg and she was 7 years old. Now she went home with a weight of 26 kg. She has still both of her parents, so it was good to re-unite her with her family. (see the blog of Jan. 28/2012).