In my last blog I wrote about the 3 sets of twins we have in Amecet. Two of them went back to their relatives, Steve and Evelyn went back and also Mary and Betty were picked by their father. We have a good feeling about them being back home! It also gave a bit of space in Amecet, only a bit, because we have already 4 new children... One older boy, who was send by the doctor in Soroti hospital, he just needed some help and some place with rest and good food, he will probably go back to his village on Monday. Then a small boy, James, he is almost 18 months old. His mother died just 3 weeks ago and his father was desperate. He is with us, just to get a bit stronger and to give the father a break. But he will go back to his father and siblings. James is HIV+. En yesterday two other children came, brought by the Police. They were two brothers, the mother was mentally sick and was aggressive. They took the children from her and brought her for psychological help and the children to us..
This are the children, the bigger boy might be 5 years old and the baby one month?
The baby was just covered with a dirty, cotton cloth, and the baby was so skinny and small, but when he looked to us, we knew he was not a newborn baby. I took him directly (after bathing and dressing) to the doctor, He also thought he might be one month old or so. The baby was small, malnourished and had been a premature baby at birth.
The older brother was limping, he spoke another language, no Atesso, but one of our staff spoke his language. So he could tell us his name, he was called Walter, he didn't know the name of his little brother, so we called the baby Thomas. Walter was also very malnourished, he had a big belly and the doctor said his spleen and liver were enlarged. we did several laboratory tests, and we found out that he was anemic and had malaria (severe). So we started directly malaria treatment. Poor boy, he was really sick. Today he couldn't walk, he was so weak! But with the food and when the malaria is over, he will be much better.
The little Thomas did much better today, yesterday he could only drink 20 ml. at the time, but today he made 50 ml. at the time. He is also a beautiful little boy, and when he looks at you, with his big eyes, you just can see (and feel) that he has been already through a lot in his little life!!
The Police is trying to find relatives of the mother, so they can go to their own people, but in the meantime it is good that they are now in Amecet. We can treat, feed and cuddle them!!!!