In late January of this year, MedShare shipped a 40-foot container of medical supplies to the CURE Children’s Hospital in Uganda. This was our third shipment to the hospital since 2007, and we’re proud to support their mission.
Thankfully for little Elisha Wasike’s family, CURE Uganda is recognized as a global leader in the treatment of hydrocephalus. Below is his story that we received from CURE. At once heartwarming and impactful, Elisha’s success story is just one of many that this hospital creates, thanks in part to the medical supplies that we’re able to provide.
Elisha was born on December 11, 2006 into the family of Sam and Mary Wasike. Both parents are civil servants and they have four children, Elisha being the second born.
Elisha was delivered in hospital and, according to Mary, he had no defect at all. But two months later he developed a febrile illness which was characterized with convulsions, irritability and excessive crying. He was taken to a hospital and treated for malaria. To Mary’s disappointment, this did not change his condition much. Instead his head started bulging from the fontanel area and then it spread.
Mary then realized that her son needed help from the CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda. She had seen children with such heads and heard about the services offered by CURE. On April 2, 2007 she made it to CURE and the next week (April 12th), Elisha had a successful ETV intervention. Mary was very grateful for the treatment and care she got from CURE and she reports that Elisha has now recovered and is able to dress himself, help himself to the toilet, and he can also feed himself. Elisha even goes to church and is able to locate his home by himself. He now attends kindergarten in middle class with other children of his age.
He and his parents come to CURE for review every year and the results are encouraging. The doctors haven’t found him to have any complications. His father Sam is the chairman of the Mbale parents group and appreciates the assistance they continue to get from CURE hospital and the International Federation of Spina bifida and Hydrocephalus that has helped improve the lives of their children.