Update on Tom and Blessing

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Wando family, you recently heard about the two babies we brought in earlier this week, Tom and Blessing. Yesterday both were rushed to the hospital. We expect both of these precious children to make it, however, their situation is quite severe and we need your prayers! Here’s an overview of what each child currently faces.

Tom

Tom wando internationalUpdate 2/25/2016 at 11:45am PT

Thank God, Tom’s TB test came back negative! Because he is TB free we will be starting him on ARVs Wednesday. Baby Tom even played a little, which says he is feeling better already.

Update 2/24/2016 at 8:45am PT

Tom has been enrolled in the anti-retroviral clinic and had a chest x-ray done to rule out tuberculosis. We expect those results tomorrow. He will be on anti-tuberculosis medications for two weeks before he starts his anti-retroviral medication.

Tom weighs 6.3kg (about 13.8lbs) and is 1 year and 2 months old. Sadly, the average weight for a one year old boy is between 20 and 27 pounds. Doctors noted that Tom had a distended abdomen and would only drink sweet liquids. We ran a slew of tests and unfortunately uncovered that Tom has HIV/AIDS, is moderately anemic and is malnourished. We are in the process of getting him the anti-retroviral he needs to control the HIV virus and also have him on antibiotics. He is being fed through a nasal gastric tube (through the nose). Despite these tough circumstances Tom is calm and clearly happy to receive love from those around him.

Blessing

Blessing wando internationalUpdate 2/25/2016 at 11:45am PT

Blessing is doing great! She is still being tube fed and monitored regularly by both our staff and the hospital staff.

Update 2/24/2016 at 8:45am PT

Praise God, Blessing received a half a unit of blood and is already improving.

Blessing weighs 4.6kg (10lbs) and is 1 year and 3 months old.  The average weight for a 1 year old girl is 20 pounds. This sweet baby girl is severely malnourished and has numerous scars and wounds on her body. Blessing is underdeveloped physically and cannot stand or crawl. One of our social workers compared Blessings’ legs to her fingers. She is being treated for malaria, septicemia and severe malnutrition. She is also hooked to a feeding tube and along with Tom will be fed every three hours. We ask for prayers that this poor baby’s sad demeanor will change as her health improves. We also ask that you pray for a blood donor as we were unable to find a match to offer her a transfusion.

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By | 2017-05-11T15:13:38+00:00 February 24th, 2016|Child Advocacy|Comments Off on Update on Tom and Blessing

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