We hope you all had a great summer!
Whisper treated only three new burn cases in August, which seems better to previous months, although it makes us worried how many children got burnt last month who didn't know about our hospital, or could not afford it.
We treat each burnt child at $12 per person, that includes the change of a dressing every two days for several weeks, together with admission and daily food and medicine.
We still have many patients who attend their change of dressing regurarly, some of them come to us for regular reviews for more than 6 months just to make sure every thing is healing well.
We really appreciate your support and every donation given to Whisper.
For those who remember, Swaibu was admitted at our hospital on the 4th of July 2017 after falling into a cooking oil and severly burning the back of his head, his arms and shoulders.
Swaibu, his younger sibling and their mother came to us from the main hospital in Jinja after intense pain that Swaibu was experiencing.
Thanks to generous Whisper's volunteers, we have managed to raise funds for a plastic surgery, that went successful, however Swaibu's aftercare has taken several months.
Swaibu was discharged from our hospital in December 2017, after almost 6 months, then continued coming every second day to change his dressings.
Today, almost a year after, his wounds are almost healed and he is so happy and smilling all the time.
Whisper still recieves monthly circa 7 patients who suffer from severe burns, therefore thank you for supporting Whisper.
Dear all of our great Whisper friends,
It is this time again, when we would like to say thank you for every financial donation towards our burn unit.
In the last 50 days, Whisper received 12 children who suffered horrific burns, mainly caused by boiling water or boiling food (its either porridge or beans).
This happens in Uganda very often, as women cook on the charcoal stove on the ground, therefore many toddlers trip over, or spill it them as they try to hold onto something.
It is so sad that many parents and children still don't reach Whisper, and many end up suffering since treatment of those wounds is not easy and it requires precious hygiene and regular re-dressing.
At Whisper, we treat the children who come as an emergency with an enormous success, thanks to the funding we receive from your financial donations.
Swabu, a 4-year old patient who came to Whisper as an emergency in July 2017, is still undergoing regular re-dressing most especially of his back part - where he has his plastic surgery done. He has been discharged just 2 weeks ago, and Whisper helps his mum with the transport to reach our hospital regularly for checks up and re-dressing.
Our social workers are scheduled to travel to his home this week, to make an assessment and reports about his well-being at home.
So again, thank you very much for your donations to our charity. Without you, baby like Swaib would not have been here today!
This is one year and two months old Andrew, who was admitted in our emergency room after a pot with boiling beans burnt him on the side of his body, being just 6 months old.
Andrew and his mother got Whisper's medical assistance only for the payment of £6 at that time, however the total bill for treating his burns every two days ever since, cost Whisper hundreds of pounds already, howeve the results are simply incredible. This is all possible to our beautiful donors! Thank you very much!!
His mother could otherwise never afford the expensive treatment in other hospitals, and Andrew would have a small chance of surviving.
When Andrew's wound on the arm healed, we discovered that Andrew cannot move with his left arm, so we have taken him for a consultation to the plastic surgeon in Kampala last week. The surgeon said he will need a plastic surgery, to enable his elbow movement.
This surgery will cost 3,500,000 UGX (£744). Whisper's volunteer Cecilia (a nurse who is currently volunteering at our hospital) had raised half of the money, so Whisper needs to raise another £300 to complete the medical bill.
As soon as the money is raised, we can book the surgery for Andrew.
Andrew will be the third patient Whisper would pay towards the plastic surgery, altogether raising more than £,2762 in the last 9 months towards the skin transplant.
Thank you very much for any contribution you may make towards helping those unfortunate children.
Any financial donation, comments, shares and mention can lead to a great life-changing act for Andrew.
Lots of love
What a successful month for our little patient Swaib and that is all thanks to the people who love what Whisper does and financially support the tiresome work of our medical and non medical teams.
Swaib just turned 4 years in July and at his young age he is already proving to be a little soldier, facing lots of pain for several weeks on regular basis, but always ready to give us all a big smile.
Swaib was admitted on the 4th of July 2017 to our burn unit.
He suffered severe burns of 30% of the TBA (total body surface area) over his head, shoulders, hands and half of his back, when he felt into a boiling cooking oil. (His mother's earns her living by frying cassava and pancakes on the locally made charcoal stove).
The mother rushed him to the government hospital, however was advised by one of the visitors to reach Whisper's hospital.
For the first three days following the admission at Whisper it was noticed that Swaib had a dead tissue that was covering lots of puss beneath it, so the dead tissue was removed from the burn wounds to expose the fresh tissue during a minor surgery procedure. Proper re-dressing and cleaning of the wounds was done for over 90 days every two days ever since.
Healing of the wounds was very slow, because of anaemia and the mother didn't want the child to undergo blood transfusion at first because she was worried that whenever her child falls sick he will need the transfusion again
Fortunately our staff, after daily counselling, managed to come to an agreement with her, and Swaib received one unit of blood.
It was during the time when two Irish nursers came to volunteer at our children's hospital, when they met Swaib and helped to re-dress the wounds. We informed them that we need to seek an advise from the plastic surgeon, because his wounds were not healing well and we were worried that without a plastic surgery, he won't be able to improve.
One of the nursers who absolutely fell in love with the brave little man and assured us that she will be able to help us raise money for the skin grafting.
As miracles came together on the Whisper's path, within 7 days Whisper received a donation of 6,500,000 UGX (£1,400) and we immediately contacted the plastic surgeon.
Our doctor Fahad drove the mother and Swaib to see the surgeon on a Monday morning to his clinic in Kampala. Doctor said Swaib needed an urgent skin grafting, and booked his surgery for Thursday the same week. The consultation with the doctor cost 50,000 UGX (£12).
Swaib and his mother (together with his younger brother) was again driven by Whisper to Kampala on a Wednesday afternoon, where Swaib was admitted from awaiting his plastic surgery the following day.
(The hospital where Swaib was staying charges 200,000 UGX (£45) accommodation per night just FYI). The hospital does not provide feeding, so Whisper also gave £12 to the mother as her upkeep).
The surgery was paid for, hospital fees were paid for, and our doctor Fahad went to see them on Thursday afternoon finding out that the surgery was successful.
It was on a Sunday afternoon when Swaib was finally brought back to our hospital for the aftercare.
Swaib is doing well, he is on strong painkiller and he is still smiling. Today the dressing was taken off and changed for the first time. It seems the wounds will be able to heal well, although it will still take at least another 2 months of admission at Whisper.
As many may realise, without a charity like Whisper, this boy would not have it easy at all, and he would probably pass away.
Whisper has been taking care of Swaib together with his mother and younger brother for now over 3 months. We are taking care of their feeding and daily needs. There would be no way that the mother could ever afford anything like this elsewhere and she is incredibly grateful for the help she received. She thank us with tears in her eyes.
The charity work of Whisper is so important for the children in Uganda, saving their lives and their future.
Don't forget that we are only able to do this because we are receiving financial donations from people like you.
Again, I will request you to continue supporting us by sharing our stories and providing donations to our projects.
Thank you very much!
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