Thank you for all the reactions we received after the last blog about Joseph.It is such an encouragement to know that you stand with us in the battle for the life of Joseph! There is not much news, he is not better, but also not worse. He has at times high fevers, because he got malaria, which we are treating at the moment. The shaking is a bit less, we don't know, it can go either way... So keep on praying for him!
Today we (Simon, Dominique, Marianne, Petra en ik) went with three children to Kumi, to the orthopedic centre.
Left you see Dominique with Ruth, we have been going with Ruth for many times, she got splints, plaster, an operation and still her left foot is not good. The doctor wants to operate her, but she needs to be older, so we come back after one year or so.. then we took the new born baby from Susan, the 12 year old girl. They are doing well, she is breastfeeding her baby and that goes well. Susan has still pain, but she had a cesarean, so that is normal. The baby has deformities on both legs, the doctor looked at it and said that he was a rare case. Not much can be done for him, we don't know if he will ever walk. According to the doctor has it to do with the young age of the mother. That was sad news.
Then we brought Michel, he was brought in Amecet in the beginning of July. His mother left him behind in the waiting room in the hospital. It was a sad, miserable little boy of maybe 8-10 months. He has spastics, can not keep his head up, can't sit and didn't want to eat or drink. Look now what a beautiful boy!! he smiles and he knows people, we wanted an assessment on him. The doctor looked and said that there was brain damage, but he looked bright and it might be only effect his muscles. We have to do exercises and he referred us to another place in Kumi, where they make special chairs for children like Michel. We went there and they took the measurements to make a chair for Michel, where he can sit in and keep his head up. Next week we can pick the chair!
In the afternoon the police brought a baby girl of maybe 3 months. The mother is crazy and she might be a danger to the baby. They took the child from her and they will make radio announcements, trying to get the family of the mother to come. We took the baby in and named her Jesica, she cries a lot, hopefully it will not be for long....