Two days ago I got a phone call from the grandfather of Patricia and Aaron, they are twins and were in Amecet fro two months, last year. It is a sad story, their mother has a mental problem and after the babies were born, she tried to strangle one of them, she disappeared some days after they were born and the grandfather asked us to help. They did well and wer discharged at the end of August.
This picture was just before they were going home. They were happy, alert and active. The grandparents were happy to care for them. Their mother is not at home, she is run away and they don't know where she is.
In the phone call the grandfather told me that Patricia is not well, they took her several times to the health centre, she even was admitted, Aaron is okay, he is eating well and is crawling, starting to pull himself up to stand.
Yesterday, Elias, Anneke and I went to the village to check on another child, Yoweri, he has been twice with us and we wanted to see how he was doing now at home. Yoweri was doing fine and it was so nice to see the family caring for him. After that we drove to the home of the grandfather to see the situation. And yes, Aaron is doing fine, but Patricia is very weak, skinny and sad..
Left is Patricia and right is Aaron (he is wearing a dress!!) We sat fro a while, asking questions and trying to get the picture, why one twin is doing well and the other one not. We got all their medical papers and we left with Patricia and her medical papers. When we came in Amecet, we weighed Patricia and she weighs only 3,5 kg. and she is 10 months old! Today we took her to the doctor and did many tests on her. Up till now, nothing came out, so we focus on feeding and drinking for now.
So Patricia is back with us and we pray we can help her back to her health. It is a sweet little girl and when she looks to you, with those big sad eyes...........