People (contd)

Mpkenandjudith Posted by Ken & Judith Finch on Mon, 03 Aug 2009 | 4 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Florence and Grace

Florence was a young lady who arrived at Kiwoko Hospital having been referred from a local Health Care facility because of a complication during labour. Her journey to Kiwoko was about 80 km and involved coming over some very poor roads. Sadly Florence’s situation is not untypical for a Ugandan lady – she was HIV +ve, she already had 5 children and lived a considerable distance from a good healthcare provider.

Her baby – Grace – was born at Kiwoko but weighed only 2kg at birth. Grace was immediately transferred to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She remained on the NICU for 3 weeks where she received round the clock care and treatment.

Florence was admitted as an in-patient as she remained extremely weak. She deteriorated further and subsequently sadly died at the hospital.

Kiwoko Hospital has a close relationship with New Hope Orphanage just a few kilometres away from Kiwoko. New Hope agreed to take Grace into their baby unit when she was strong enough to leave the hospital. She is now brought back regularly to the NICU for assessment as she grows and then at 18 months she will be tested for HIV.

The story of Florence and Grace is a mixed one – it reflects the reality of life in Uganda where for many life is hard with a life expectancy of only about 45 years. However because of the care provided by Kiwoko Grace’s life was saved and for her she has a real hope for the future.

Every day similar people are receiving such care from Kiwoko…

Comments

Julie Groves said Mon, 31 Aug 2009 08:02PM
It's almost unbelievable reading the accounts life in Uganda from home in Belfast. It certainly makes you stop in your tracks. I bumped into Mrs Finch in M&S about 5 days ago - she said you're working really hard and I don't doubt it. Hope and trust you're both well. Love and prayers, Julie
Chris Peters said Tue, 01 Sep 2009 10:48PM
Hi Ken, I am just back from a meeting about our link with Pam and Jay Dennett in Luweero so thought I would look up website and there you were! Good to read about the hospital - don't those days in Knockbreda seem an age ago now. God bless, Chris
Emma Morgan said Mon, 21 Sep 2009 08:17PM
Hi Judith It's been far too long. I cooked the kids tea tonight whilst reading exerts from your blog. It's been wonderful to discover some of what you have been up to. What an opportunity and a challenge. I frequently think of you and would be sorry to lose touch completely. Do email if you have a moment and feel so inclined. With love and fondest thoughts to you and Ken. Emma
Rosemary Miller said Fri, 30 Oct 2009 01:43PM
ken and judith I am taking time to pray think of you both and to pray for your health and service for the Kingdom of God. May you know the peace of Christ as you live day by day. May the love of God fill your hearts as you live for His glory in Kiwoko. I belong to St Matthew's Broomhedge parish. Love Rosemary