Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Hating to Travel

Today is a jam-packed day for the Due Unto Others team in Uganda.  I write this blog as we bump our way on an 8 hour van ride from Kampala to Kabale.  We are starting a 10 day swing through SW Uganda that will include 8 clinic days!  I’ll have to admit, it was difficult to pack up and GO today, for two reasons.  The first reason is that this is the last road trip for our team on our 6 week trip this summer.  We have a few clinics around Kampala the week that we are leaving, but no more on the road.  The second reason that it was difficult to leave today is that we have 4 special “That One Person” appointments going on today.


Sadiah, (http://dueunto.blogspot.com/2013/06/long-time-coming-top-sadiah.html) the young girl from Kiranga, is supposed to be traveling from Kiranga to Jinja today to be evaluated for her umbilical hernia.  We are hopeful that they might be able to see her and operate while she is there.  If they cannot, they can at least get her scheduled for the procedure.


Kevin, (http://dueunto.blogspot.com/2013/06/kevin.html) the boy with the horrific burns from Rushere, arrived at Wentz Medical Center last night.  He stayed at Wentz overnight, and the plan is to take him to the burn specialist today.  We would have loved to be a part of this consultation, but we did not want to make them wait until we got back.


Another new friend, Lovinsa, (see blog in the coming days) is getting a follow up appointment and CT scan for a cyst on her neck today.  Our friend Jonathan Kabanda is taking her for this appointment, since we are out of town.


Probably the biggest reason that we hate to be away today is Jamil.  For those of you that don’t know, Jamil is our 10 year old friend from Pallisa.  We met him last year and Due Unto Others donors were able to support him through a surgery to remove a large eye tumor that was located behind his right eye.  He came to Kampala about 9 days ago for his one year follow up after his eye tumor was removed last year.  As a precaution, the Ophthalmologist ordered a CT scan to relook at the area.  We got the results back on Saturday and we were very saddened to hear that his tumor had returned in the area of the right eye socket.  He saw his doctor yesterday and I talked with his doctor about the issue.  Jamil is going to need another eye surgery to try again to remove the tumor.  Then, following the operation, he will require 8 weeks of radiation treatments.  Jamil has become a part of our family and we love him dearly.  He is anxious about the coming time at the hospital but has been comforted by prayers of many.  We are working to get a family member to Kampala to stay with him at the hospital.  Please join us in praying for Jamil and the successful termination of this eye tumor once and for all!  I have committed Due Unto Others funds in the amount of $1,600 USD to pay for his operation and subsequent radiation treatments.  If you feel that God is leading you to donate towards this potentially life-saving treatment for Jamil, please email me at DueUnto@gmail.com.  I’ll remind you of something that God reminds me of periodically.  The only thing better than God answering your prayers is Him allowing you to be the answer to someone else’s prayer!


I will keep you posted on our trip and on the updates that we receive from the consultations today. 


1 in 5 Ugandan children dies before their 5th birthday.  What if we helped That One Person?

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