A few days old premature baby treated at Whisper
Dear friends of Whisper,
Another three months passed since our last report to you and I would like to let you know about the IMPORTANT difference you helped us made donating to this cause in the last three months.
In the last 90 days we received 3514 patients from which 763 patients we treated and reviewed for free.(all the patients who are required to pay, they only pay the minimum contribution towards their treatment & admission: $8)
Blood transfusion at Whisper
We have transfused 552 children with blood.
Here are some of the medical conditions that we dealt with:
We treated 1090 children for malaria, 124 children for sickle-cell disease, 18 children for typhoid, 2 children for meningitis and we received 15 children with severe burns.
All of those treated children survived.
All of the 552 children receiving blood transfusion, were mostly suffering from anaemia caused by malaria, sickle cell disease or severe infections and sometimes also conditions caused by serious burns that require admission on ward.
If those 552 children did not receive the blood transfusion and admission free of charge, they likely not be here today. Other private centres require only $8 for a day of admission without any treatment or food, anaemic children need at least a minimum of 5 days of admission on ward. Many anaemic children end up in lots of body swelling and it is almost impossible to find the vein to cannulate the child, in this case very many cannulas may be wasted, in other centres patients are charged per each cannula, in most of the cases the government hospital can only provide a few of them, although many times the parents are required to buy them.
Children treated for serious burns require at least min of 1,000,000 UGX ($360) and it depends on the scale of the body burns, most of the children we receive suffer up to 50% of body burns, where the large areas of body skin is destroyed. Children are treated with anesthesias on oxygen in our minor theatre many times during the wound cleaning, that happens every second day. Many of them also need to be transfused due to the extensive wound bleeding and other medical causes related to burns. Whisper spend on average about $1300 to successfully treat a child with body burns per child for several months (medicine, medical and nursing care and other). This is near to impossible for the 98% of the families to pay for.
Whisper has been known for a successful treatment of severe form of meningitis. Those children are admitted for several days if not weeks at the emergency ward and given the best combination of antibiotics around. Treating meningitis on an unconscious child takes a lots of experience, dedication and of course funding. Children began being paralysed or unconscious, they breath in support of the oxygen, are fed through the nasal tube and their medical treatment cost Whisper min of $10 a day only on medicine.
Again, we have to remember that most of the sickest children come from an extreme poverty. It is the poverty that causes them to get anaemic, and it is the poverty that causes their death.
We try to overcome the challenges that the world's poverty brings, by being passionate about love and humanity, being strong, dedicated and always believe in doing the right thing.
We are very proud at what Whisper achieved in the last 90 days and we are very proud that we have such people around us like you, who are contributing to our tireless work.
Although we have done some great work, it comes at the high cost of the medicine and laboratory supplies that we have to raise:
February 38,566,200 UGX ($9,323),March 22,899,500 ($6,360) and April ($9,433).
Thank you a lot for reading this report and following our work.
You can always contact me via my email firstname.lastname@example.org or via our website www.WhisperOrphans.org
Please continue your valued support towards Whisper's Magical Children's Hospital in Uganda.
5 year old boy with severe fire burns
another toddler treated for burns caused by oil
Children at the emergency ward sharing beds
newborn baby on oxygen treated for pneumonia
Newborn baby in the incubator
Toddler with severe burns before and after