We have still worries about William. Barbara (the Dutch nurse) and me were really a bit desperate, when he started to vomit poop again. The doctor asked us to go to a clinic to make a scan and a X-ray again, not much came out of this. Then he started to loose blood when he pooped. The doctor came again and we had to do a blood transfusion, we did that all yesterday. And today..... we got a Poop explosion!!! I think it is so important that I had to put this picture in the blog! We are so happy with it!! The doctor advised us to start to feed him again. For almost one week he only got IV fluids, he really enjoys the 5 ml. milk we give him every hour! Until now he hasn't vomit yet! Please pray for him, these coming days are very important.
We had today a very busy day. William was stable and in the morning we went to the hospital with 4 baby's. For immunization and I also had to get for some other children ARV medicines. We also had a new girl in Amecet, she came via the Police, she is 15 years and was living with two guys in town. She came from the village. Simon had to go with her to the police again and there were statements written down. We also got Margaret, from the YWAM base, coming to counsel her, it was better to do that in her language and by a woman. Then we got another call from the police that there is another girl from 14 years old, who is pregnant and her boyfriend tried to kill her. She has many scars and she even lost two fingers in that attempt. She lives in the village and she needs medical attention. In the past we have cared for Susan, a twelve year old girl who got her baby, while staying in Amecet. We talked about it and we feel to let her come. Margaret is willing to come and counsel her. We expect her tomorrow.
Then this afternoon... we got another call from the police. There was a lady who gave birth to a baby, two days ago. The mother has a mental problem, she has no home, she is not from this area and she tried to feed the two days old baby sweet potato. They were afraid for the well being of the baby. The lady is aggressive and wild. Together with Barbara, Simon and the Local Counselor from that area and me, we drove to the place. The lady was not willing to listen to the counselor or anyone, she was staying in a hut on some one's compound. The hut had a leaking roof and it was very dirty. There were several neighbours standing outside the hut.
The lady was shouting and wild. I went inside and greeted her. She smiled and was very happy to see me. She spoke good English and I asked her about her baby. She had given birth in the dirty hut and was all alone that time. I asked her if I could hold her baby and she gave me the baby directly (while they had told me that nobody was allowed to touch the baby). I was encouraged and tried to talk with her about her own family or what her native language was, but on that she didn't answer. The baby looked good, the cord looked good, but the baby was very small. We talked about breastfeeding and I asked if I could take the baby to the doctor and for immunization.
But she didn't want that, I asked the name of the baby, and she said that the baby was called Rose Mark, so I think Mark will be good, since it is a little boy. He looks beautiful, but he does need better care. We left the lady, but the neighbours and the counsellors will try later to get the baby form the mother. I pray it will not rain tonight, because the roof leaks very bad. So it was a busy day and certainly not a boring one!!!!