Amecet n'ainapakin (Shelter of Peace) is a ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM)in Soroti, Uganda. We are reaching out to HIV infected and affected children. We also are caring for new born babies, who lost their mother after the delivery. The third group of children we help, are children who need a safe place, they mostly come via the police. In this blog we want to share with you our stories, our pictures, our needs and blessings!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A long and difficult delivery..

I have been writing before, about Doreen, she is a 15 year old girl, who is pregnant and her boyfriend tried to kill her. He cut her with a panga and left her for death in the bush. But she survived.. she misses 2 fingers at her right hand and lost the use of her left arm. She has big scars on her body from the deep cuts of the panga. You can read more about her in previous posts. Her baby was due on the 6th of November, so we were a bit anxious about her, the last 10 days. Doreen is struggling with the fact that she is soon getting a baby in her arms from the guy who wanted to kill her. She is not sure if she wants the baby, she didn't want to think about a name and she didn't want to go to the hospital for the delivery. But we can't deliver the baby in Amecet, so it was all not easy.
Two nights ago, at 2.30 am, I get a phonecall from Amecet, please come, Doreen has contractions. I had talked with my girls about this, and they felt fine with me, going in the night to Doreen, if neccesary. So I raced to Amecet, where Janneke and Esther were waiting with Doreen, we drove to the hospital. Doreen had contraction every 4 minutes, but when they examined her in the hospital, there was no sign of a fast delivery. we had to wait! All the beds were full, so we got a bed in a small ward, which was for special gynocologic cases. There were many moquito's and on the picture below, you see Doreen in the far corner, she was very unhappy and had still a lot of pain.
 We stayed the whole night and the next day with her, every now and then, we took her for review, but there was no progress, Doreen had the whole time contractions. we walked around with her, tried to let her drink more, but still there was no progress. I tried to contact the doctor where we had been going for our pre-natal check-ups, he also works in the hospital, but we only saw him late in the evening. He started to talk about a ceasarian operation. I agreed with him, because Doreen got so exhausted. But Doreen was freaking out and refused. He send us back to her bed and told us to counssel her and let her sleep over it. In the morning we would see what to do. I went back to the hospital again in the morning and Doreen had changed her mind, we could go for the operation. She was tired, had a lot of pain and still the doctor found no progress when he examined her. So we were going for the ceasarian!
She got a catheter and an IV line and we had to roll her to the theatre. As you can see on this picture, it wasn't an easy ride!!
 This is in the building wherer they operate.Lois and Esther are waiting with us, she will go through those doors to the operating room.
 We were sitting outside to wait and after 30 minutes we heard a cry!!! Then a bit later the nurse comes out with the newborn baby and I got her in my arms... A lot of hair, a beautiful little girl, weighing 3.4 kg!!Some time later they wheeled Doreen out and we went with her again over those little paths, back to her bed in the ward. She was in pain, esspecially during the trip back to her bed.
 We cleaned her up and put her baby besides her. She was not touching her, but was watching her!! She still doesn't want to talk about a name, later, when we put the baby at her breast, to drink, she let us doing that, but didn't take any effort to touch or help her baby.It will be a very difficult process! We contacted her family, asking her mother to come and help her in the hospital, but up till now, nobody came. So we take turns and stay with her day and night, I am really proud of my staff, everybody is willing to help and take her turn. My heart aches, when I see this hurting teenager struggling with this situation. She is a real adolesence, angry, not co-operative, not grateful, complaining, but she is hurting....
Please pray for this beautiful little girl and for her hurting and traumatised mother.

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