Mary came in Amecet in July 2017. She was 14 months old, but had the looks and the weight of a new born baby. Severe malnourished (2.7 kg) and very weak. We took her to different doctors, were referred to Kampala. There came out of the tests that she had a very rare chromosome abnormality and a severe heart defect, related to this chromosome abnormality. According to the doctors of the Heart institute, Mary needed a heart surgery. But her weight was just 4 kg, she was too small for the operation.. This was a big dilemma, but this morning the decision was taken, without us... at 9.15 Mary died very peacefully, surrounded by people who loved her. Mary was loved by every staff member in Amecet, she could react, made sounds, smiled so lovely to you when you talked to her.
A small coffin was bought and Emmanuel and Deborah carried the coffin to the car. We brought her small body back to the family, where she will be burried among her clan members.
Mary you will be missed so much in Amecet, but we are comforted, to know that you are in the arms of your Heavenly Father, who loves you and you will have no pain or fever anymore!! R.I.P.
Yesterday, Mary and I were called to pick a baby from Soroti hospital. The baby was born on the street, the evening before. The mother was a mental disturbed young lady, the father (if he really is the father) a very confused street boy. We have had a baby from this street boy father before in Amecet. After the baby was born, people who had helped them, brought them to the hospital. There, both of the parents disappeared... leaving the baby in the hospital. And then Amecet was called....
We gave him the name Gideon, he is a beautiful baby, his weight was 3 kg, and he looked good. He drinks not so well yet, but we have to give him time. Simon, our social worker is looking in Soroti town for the parents. We do know the relatives from the father, but the mother is unknown in Soroti. the tracing will soon start, to find the mother and her relatives. In the meantime little Gideon is safe and cared for.
Life and death, so close together in our Amecet family.