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!

Monday, January 30, 2017

New baby's are coming...but Esther is still not doing well.

Yesterday, baby Santos was brought to Amecet, he was just one day old. His mother has a mental sickness and the father is unknown. The mother rejected the baby and the relatives were scared that the mother would do something to the baby. So that is why they asked our help. In 2 months the grandmother will take over the care for the baby, by that time the mother would have forgotten that there was a baby... Santos weighed 2.4 kg and was only fed some sugar water, we had to put the baby on IV fluids because he was dehydrated. Today he was fine and started to drink well.
And on Friday baby Messach was brought, he is 2 weeks old. You see his picture below. His mother died suddenly after an infected tooth abscess. Very sad. 
But I am so amazed, the Amun week has finished. And we did have quite some empty beds. I was a bit happy that we did not have many children during Christmas and New year and also no new children during the Amun week. But now we got two new baby's and we expect tomorrow twin baby's. We got a phone call asking for help. I don't know the details, but the mother died and the baby's are 1 week old. They are welcome....
We do still have some children in Amecet who became sick during the Amun week. And they needed IV medication, so we kept them a bit longer and they will go home this week.
Baby Esther is still not doing well, We are battling the breathing problems. She was on oxygen, but then there was another very critical ill patients who was also in need of the oxygen machine, so they took it to that patient. After some time, we had to run again to the children ward to get some oxygen there. after some time, we talked with the doctor and asked if we could use the Amecet oxygen machine for Esther, so she could stay in the place where she had been the whole time and where they give good care. So that we did and it went well for 2 days, expect that the electricity is off and on, so when it is off, you can see her starting to struggle again. The moment they finally put on the generator (maybe they found fuel??) you are so happy... This morning I got a call from Sarah, that the machine was not working good. we never had problems with it in Amecet, but I know we were due for a service for the machine. I drove to the hospital and saw that it was not just a small problem. I went to look for the technical man in the hospital. He is very good and has helped us before with the machine. he came directly and tried to fix it right there in the hospital room. You can see it on the picture below. At the right you see baby Esther propped up in her little chair and Sarah with her. The man tried, but it was too much, he had to take the machine to his workplace. We took Esther again to the children ward, to get some oxygen there, because her levels were going down. After one hour the electricity went off.....the man could not work on our machine and Esther had no oxygen. we took her back to her original pace and just prayed that she would make it until the power would come back. And she did, so back to the children ward and there is she still at this time, the man told us that he could not make it today, but tomorrow the machine would be back...... 
You can imagine that this all is not easy, it is emotional draining. We go from day to day.... And tomorrow we go back to Kampala with baby Benjamin. He is not changed much, I am wondering what the doctor will say.. I wrote about him in the beginning of this month, he cries a lot, hours sometimes and nothing can stop him... At the moment he is sleeping, he is this night with us in our home, together with one of the staff, Lydia. we will leave early in the morning, so this way it is easier. But I hope Ben will sleep, he is in my room....

1 comment:

  1. Precious little Esther! I have my own baby Esther and the story of this little girl just breaks my heart. Praying for her, and for the ones caring for her.