Typhoid is still a killer in Uganda

Alison is a 28 year old, male, teacher who was diagnosed with typhoid fever. He developed severe abdominal pain and became very ill. As sometime happens as a complication of typhoid, he suffered a bowel perforation. Thanks to life-saving surgery at Kisiizi he is on the road to recovery. A contaminated water supply was identified…

Friends of Kisiizi Day 2015

This year’s Friends of Kisiizi day will take place at Brookside Church in Earley, Reading, on Saturday 19th September from 10:30am to 4:30pm. (Please note that this is a change from the usual venue.) This is an opportunity to meet up with supporters of Kisiizi Hospital and to find out what is happening there. It…

Bringing hope to a baby called Hope

Ann Moore the Sister in charge of the Special Care Baby Unit at Kisiizi sent us this tale of how one child’s survival depended on the unit functioning as a high dependency / intensive unit recently. Mugisha Hope was born at home at the beginning of November. She did not cry at birth and did…

An unusual motorbike injury

This beautiful little girl was tragically brought to Kisiizi having been with her mum on the back of a motorcycle when their clothing became caught up in the rear wheel and pulled the child’s leg down causing very serious injury. She sustained a fracture of her femur near the right hip joint and very severe…

A case of accidental poisoning?

This little girl arrived in Kisiizi unconscious. In fact, it was as though she was anaesthetised as she did not respond at all to even very painful stimuli. Her Glasgow coma scale was 3, the lowest score. There was no clear history of what had happened. She had been playing with friends and had seemed…

Reflections

Sitting in Doha airport with a couple of hours to while away before I board for the final leg of my journey home I am reflecting on the last six weeks in Uganda. The maternity department has seen a flow of really difficult obstetric emergencies and I have encountered several situations I have never had…

Anna has her baby

Anna, the widow I mentioned a few days ago,came to Kisiizi and delivered a baby girl. I found her on the ward on Thursday, the day I had promised her that I would visit her with one of the social workers from our orphan project. She was keen to go home and was waiting in…

A bad start to Sunday: life is so cheap sometimes.

Warning: this blog does contain some graphic medical descriptions which you might find upsetting. The day began well with beautiful sunshine as we walked to the Hospital Chapel for the morning service. Half way through the service a midwife came to fetch me for an emergency and we rushed to labour ward, to be met…

A brave widow

I went out on another antenatal outreach clinic yesterday. I was interviewing a lovely pregnant woman called Anna who is expecting her 7th child. I asked her who she lived with and she said her husband “but he is gone”. At first I thought he had gone to find work somewhere but she actually meant…