The sun has just set over Kampala and many bugs are greeting the night with great enthusiasm. Various other sounds are heard as I sit here. I can hear the faint barking of a dog, people talking in the distance, and the movement of various vehicles. And as I sit here, I ponder the gift of today. The gift of being able to be present with Adong Betty and her momma as they received some really good news. It has been one month since Adong Betty was admitted into the hospital for closure of a huge hole in her heart. Her momma reports that there has been improvement in Adong’s health. The echo this morning confirmed this.
Prior to her discharge last month from the hospital, Adong had an echo of her heart. Basically, the doctor used a special ultrasound and was able to see her heart in detail. And the echo showed that there was significant closure of the hole… but there was still a residual hole present. Her heart function, the strength of her heart, was also weakened by the procedure. Still, even with this information, her surgery was considered successful and she was scheduled to come back today for a follow-up.
Today, the echo showed COMPLETE CLOSURE of the hole. Her heart is still weakened, but the doctor did not seem at all bothered. She went home with an added medication that will help in strengthening her heart muscles and the plan is for her to return in six months for a review. Adong had lots of smiles today. She was noticeably more comfortable with the various things asked of her by the doctors and nurses. She has grown. Her trust has grown. Her smiles have grown. And my prayer for this young girl is that her other heart…. that her nonphysical heart will also be strengthened in the coming months. That she would know the love of Jesus who has journeyed with her from the very beginning.
Thank you to each and everyone of you who have journeyed along with Adong and her family.
By Kimberly White, Kasana Children’s Centre Nurse