Every week we go to Soroti hospital to visit the feeding centre. Last week Janneke, our nurse, saw there a very small little girl. The story was that she was born as a very healthy girl, weighing 3,4 kg. Now, 6 weeks later, she is so malnourished. The mother was there, there are also 5 other children at home, in the village. We talked with the nurses and offered our help for the baby. Today, I got a phone call from the hospital, if we could come and pick the baby. I went together with Esther, one of our Ugandan staff. We talked with the nurses and heard that the doctor had no objections, then we went to the family. We met the mother several times before, she had communicated to her husband and he was also there, together with his father, the grandfather of the baby.We explained everything to them and they wanted our help, so we filled the forms and they signed our forms.
Baby Esther is now 6 weeks old and her weight is 1,790 kg. and she was a normal baby when she was born her weight was 3,4 kg. Why did she lost so much weight? She is so weak, and so fragile, she is coughing, that is the only thing that we saw. She was already treated with antibiotics, but not much change. She is drinking, but it takes a lot of energy, so we put a NG tube in for some of the feedings. I took her to the doctor, we did blood tests and he send me to another clinic for a chest X-ray.
I felt so sad, seeing this little baby, laying there on the table, for the X-ray. The doctor did a scan as well and he found a small hole in the heart and an infection in the lungs. Tomorrow we will go with all those reports to the pediatrician, to see what to do. Baby Esther was exhausted, after all those tests and she was sleeping peacefully in her little bed. Baby Esther is a very sick little girl, who is not out the danger zone. We had a time of prayer for her and we trust God that He will help us to care for this little girl. We are happy that we have besides Janneke, two other nurses in Amecet, so we have a whole team to care for Baby Esther. We have also a big encouragement when we look to Sabine, she was also very sick at first, she also has a small hole in her heart. Baby Esther, we go for it!!!!!!!!!