Years ago, my son told me he was going to try a back flip on his snowboard. He said not to worry because he wouldn’t hesitate. That gave me pause. Instinctively, he knew he couldn’t hold back. In order to make the complete rotation, it required an “all-in” commitment.
And amazingly, he landed it.
Regrettably, his best friend did not, and the crash popped the kid’s femur out of his pelvis. Can you imagine the pain? If the ride to the hospital wasn’t excruciating enough, think of the agony he experienced as three strong men tried to twist and turn that bone back into place. And on top of that, there was a time limit. If they weren’t successful, the leg would start to die. He’d need emergency surgery.
I remember my heart pounding as I paced the floor in prayer and watched the clock.
Yet we live in a land of trained EMTs and ambulances. We have emergency rooms and fully loaded drug stores. We have doctors, nurses, and surgery rooms prepped and ready. The boy’s trauma was real, and medical options were available. In the end, the hospital staff resolved the painful dislocation, and he slowly recovered.
In Uganda, such a trauma might result in disability, amputation, or worse. What can you do if there is only one doctor for every 10,000 people?
Eight-year-old Mukayla has the largest head I’ve ever seen. It measures twelve inches across.
She desperately needs life-saving surgery to drain the fluid from her brain. But her grandmother cannot afford medical care and struggles just to provide food for her grandchildren. To make matters worse, Mukayla suffers from open sores on her bottom. The wounds continue to fester because there are no bandages, no antibiotics—nothing. She is well on her way to becoming another sad statistic.
1 in 4 children in Uganda die before age 15.
There is nobody else in the world like Mukayla.
Formed in the image of God, she has her own smile, personality, and voice. She has things she loves, and things she does not enjoy.
Unfortunately her experience with illness is not unique, especially in Kamuli District. Nearly 25% of all babies are born dead. The maternal mortality rate is also extremely high. Women and children suffer daily from preventable and treatable illnesses.
UOF is currently raising $198,000 and hopes to launch the medical clinic in January 2018. This month, I am in Uganda working with the Ministry of Health, preparing the way for this project.
If you would like to financially support this effort, please send your check to:
Uganda Orphans Fund, P.O. Box 11722, Bozeman, MT 59719
Include a note designating your gift to the medical clinic.