Update on Albert (Abudu)
UPDATE: John was able to get Albert (his Ugandan name is Abudu) to the hospital for evaluation today. Unfortunately, the news was not encouraging. The doctor said that he suffered a severe brain illness when he was about 2 years old, complications resulting from an untreated illness - likely cerebral malaria. At this time there is no medical cure - only treatment.
The doctor has prescribed anti-seizure medications (I was unaware that he was also suffering seizures) and some dietary supplements to increase his body weight. I asked if there was anything that they could do about his severely deformed arms & legs but, again, he wasn't hopeful. They will be arranging a consultation with a physiotherapist to see what can be done.
At this point, the only cure can come from God. "The just shall live by their faith" - it's a verse from Habakkuk that we just don't understand until we see situations like this where there is nothing but God to have faith in.
The only other thing that the doctor recommended was trying to secure a wheel chair. Ggaba Community Church has a member, Francis (Uncle Francis), who himself is wheelchair bound and has a ministry of providing wheelchairs in situations like this. We are praying that it will work out. However, given the muddy conditions of Katoogo and the small size of the house, it may not be practical. In the meantime, Abudu's grandmother cares for him day-in and day-out in the slum of Katoogo as she has for the past 11 years.
esus answered, John 9:1-3 NKJV