Last month a miracle occurred for a little boy named Jimmy who needed an operation to save his life. His mother was frantic and without help, losing hope by the day. Our friend Irene mentioned his condition to me because she too was frantic for fear the boy would die. Sadly, many many children die every day in third world conditions when simple procedures or readily available medicines could have prevented the tragic loss. I have personal experience with this suffering.
I believed when I heard about Jimmy’s case that God wanted me to allow him to work through Kirabo Seeds. I considered writing a check myself but that’s really not what I felt God wanted me to do. He had people in mind, help ready and it wasn’t about me at all.
Within five days we raised $3500 to help Jimmy’s case. He received his surgery and now is doing fine. Irene will go visit him this week to get an update for us all. (I have to send the transport money first!)
We did not use all the money for Jimmy’s surgery. We have extra funds in reserve for medical crisis of children whose lives are at stake if they don’t get immediate care. I asked Irene to keep her ear open for such needs. And God used her again. There is another boy in dire need of surgery, his name is Justin. He was struck by a boda boda driver. (motorcycle taxi) There is a puncture wound in his skull that exposes his brain. Let me share his story.
Justin ran away from his village home near Mbale when he was seven. There is evidence on his body of severe abuse such as a burn scare covering much of his left torso and most of his left hand. The guess is he’s been living on the street for a year in the slum of Kisinyi, which is a harsh place for boys, as drug use and police abuse is common.
On November 27th Justin was struck down by a boda driver. He was left unconscious on the street with a cut up leg, cuts on his face and a penetration wound in his skull. He was taken to a local clinic where a doctor cleaned the wounds and bandaged him. He then spent the night on the street. On Tuesday a representative from and organization called “Doors” became aware of his condition. They have a walk in program for street boys every Tuesday and Justin showed up. A volunteer realized the extreme condition of his head wound, and after much prayer took him to Mulago, the government hospital. They spent the day there with him, and he was sent home with new bandages, antibiotics and a CT scan. (picture above. You can see the hole in his skull). His skull was crushed so deeply that it was pressing against his brain and pieces of it are scattered inside.
He spent Tuesday night at the Doors home with 12 new brothers. They embraced him immediately. They took him daily to Wentz medical center to get the wound cleaned but he began to suffer seizures. All of the medical staff at Wentz were amazed that he lived through the first night after his accident. They called allowed to God and said, “You must have a plan for this child.” It was a miracle he was still alive. They tested his blood and it was not infected so they treated him for seizuzres. He has lost most of his feeling on his left side.
They visited a neurosurgeon to see if he could be treated in Uganda or if he needed a medical visa to go to the States. It can be done locally and his surgery is tomorrow, Monday December 15.
I have $1750 saved to be able to help this child get the medical care he will need to recover. The Doors organization is local and not well funded, though they have many loving hands to help and people to pray. I’ve sent the first amount that will be necessary to take care of his first surgery and to cover the medical costs accumulated up to now. I am so thankful to all who blessed this boy before he was even hurt! In Uganda an estimate is a difficult concept. I haven’t been able to get a clear idea of how much it will cost to get Justin good as new. But I’m willing to raise what God will send and make sure Justin gets his needs met. We can only pray there will be more to share with countless other children with life saving needs.
If you would like to make a donation to help Justin make a full recovery please use paypal and indicate in the notes: medical emergencies . We’ll make sure Justin’s medical care is available to him. We will provide updates here on my blog. All donations to Kirabo Seeds are tax deductible and %100 goes to help children.
Our son Jack raised $600 above what he needs to pay for the education of the four children he sends to school every year. (He bakes bread to sell and educates four kids who are not in our children’s home) He is donating this $600 to help children get life saving medical care.
We will continue to pray that God will use us to help other children like Justin who needs a guardian angel to get life saving medical care.
Who knows, maybe we can help reunite him with his family or get him into an excellent home where he is safe, loved, educated and protected from a life on the streets.We trust as the medical staff called aloud to God, that there must indeed be a great plan for this child’s life.