Last week we received a call about a child who really needed help. It was far, 1,5 hour drive, so Simon went the next day and found the family. The mother was very sick and the little boy was very malnourished and sick. He brought the baby, Jackson to Amecet. He was never tested, but his mother is very sick of AIDS. There is a big chance that Jackson is also HIV+. He is coughing bad, so the chance of having TB is also there. Many tests were done, and we know now that it is probably no TB, he is on antibiotics now. The HIV test is done, we have to wait for the results. But with love and attention he is already doing so much better!!! The mother was hiding, she didn't want anybody to know, but it could have cost the life of this beautiful little one!
Then on Sunday afternoon 2 ladies walked into the Amecet compound, carrying a small boy of 11 months old. The story was that he was abandoned by his mother in the house for 2 days. They (the neighbours) took the child out of the house and went to the police. The police wrote a letter to us with the request to care for the baby, while they were looking for the mother...
The baby was swollen and when we gave him a bath, he just stopped breathing... Janneke ran with him to the clinic, next door. And there they found out that the sugar level in the blood was extremely low, he was just going into a coma. After giving juices and sugar he was doing better. We did more blood tests and urine test and he was just so sick of starvation... A schedule was made to give every 2 hours milk by NG tube, his mouth is full of wounds. It seemed that it went fair,..
In the meantime, Simon and Elias went after the mother as well. And they found both parents, alive and very well!!! At the moment they are not so well, because the police took them both into the cells.
The condition of the boy, we know his name now, Collins is not getting better, his breathing is not good and his hands and feet are very swollen and cold. Janneke took him to another clinic, Bethesda Hospital, here in Soroti. The doctor examined him and again blood tests were done, this time his HB was very low, while we had done it on Sunday evening and it was okay. He needed to get blood transfusion as soon as possible. Janneke got blood for him at the main hospital, thank God that there was blood!!!!
She came home with the blood and Collins and he was hooked up. We gathered together around him and prayed for him, for God's healing power and also against all the rejection he had suffered from. That he will have the spirit to fight!!
His poor swollen legs, painful and cold, his hands are also swollen en cold. This little man went trough a lot already and he has still a long ways to go! Please pray for him, that the blood transfusion helps him.
This are just two stories from children who came in Amecet during this last week, Pray for the staff, we have a lot of little baby's now.