Saturday, February 18, 2017

Thank You For Your Partnership!

It has been entirely too long since I have wrote!  We are still here, up and running 😀  We have been open for almost 9 months now.  June will make Luba Maternity Center 1 year old!

We have had nearly 200 patients register at our clinic with a total of 500 clinical visits.  We register approximately 5 new patients per week.   Luba Maternity Center offers care to all women - pregnant and non-pregnant.  We see women for infections, illness, infertility, other gynecological issues and ultrasound scanning.  LMC offers care to children under age 5 years.  We do well child visits and vaccinations as well as care for those who are sick.  We also care for women in labor/birth and follow up with routine postpartum visits.

We had a newborn baby of 12 hours old come to our clinic last week.  He was born at a rural government health post and had difficulty breathing from birth.  By the time they brought him to LMC, he wasn't breathing and only had a faint/nearly absent heartbeat.  We did full resuscitation for 5 minutes and he started to breathe for himself and his heartbeat became strong.  He was given strong antibiotics, was on oxygen and received feedings through an NG tube as he was in a lot of respiratory distress.  Several times throughout the first night, he required rescue breaths as he stopped breathing.  After 24 hours of being on antibiotics, he was able to get off oxygen, breastfeed and the respiratory distress had improved greatly.  Thankfully, after 4 days of being admitted, he was strong and could go back home.  Unfortunately, we never got a picture of him and they hadn't named him yet.  We hope to be able to follow up on this little guy and we stand in thankfulness that God spared his life.

I share this story with you guys to say thank you to each of you who support Luba Maternity Center.  We would not be here if it wasn't for the generosity and also the prayers of many of you.  This is just one story, but there are many more like this.  Thank you for partnering with us to see people's lives saved.   We are honored to be doing what we do and humbled to have such an amazing support team behind us.

THANK YOU!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Life and Death

We got a referral from a local hospital for premature twin boys last Friday.  They were about 34 weeks at birth and weighing 1.6 kg.  There is no ICU for babies or even a ward to take premature babies in our town.  Unfortunately, the statistics for premature babies to survive is extremely low in Sierra Leone.  We placed NG tubes to feed the babies.  The mom and grandmother both did continuous skin to skin kangaroo care with the babies to regulate their temperature and breathing.  The night they came, they started having problems breathing.  We started them on various medications to help their breathing and stabilize them.  

We worked tirelessly throughout the night and next day to keep them alive, with the help of nurses and a visiting doctor from the States. The second day, one of the babies stopped breathing four times and needed resuscitation.  Unfortunately, he never came back to us after the last resuscitation.  He passed away Saturday night around 10:50pm.  The mother and grandmother were present and the rest of the family came the next morning to bury the body.  

We thank God that the second baby boy is still alive and thriving now.  He is no longer experiencing difficulty breathing and is getting stronger every day.  He continues to take breast milk through the NG tube and does skin to skin contact with his mom and grandma throughout the day.  He is now off of all his medications.  Please continue to pray for this little one as he is not out of the "danger zone" yet.  By God's grace, we look forward to seeing him grow and thrive.  Pictures of this little guy to come soon! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

LMC is OPEN!

Luba Maternity Center has been open for one month now! 

We are getting new patients every week and continuing to see existing patients as well. We now have a total of 41 registered patients between women and children. We have seen a variation of people - including prenatal visits, non-pregnant woman issues and sick children. 

Our nearest patient is our neighbor across the street and our farthest patient came from about 6 hours away (4 hours car and 2 hours boat ride).  

It has been encouraging to see children and women come in very sick and leave healthy.  We have been able to gain trust with multiple families in this way. And as a result, they have referred new patients to us! 

We are looking forward to growing and getting to know and serve more women with their families! 

Our First Patient! 

Emmanuel, super happy 9 month baby who came to clinic this week! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

LMC Nurses

Luba Maternity Center is extending a warm welcome to our first staff nurses!  We are excited to work as a team together to bring quality healthcare to Sierra Leone.

These nurses have completed a two month continuing education course on maternal and infant healthcare and are ready to put what they have learned into practice!

Left to right: Daisy, Janet and Wuyata




Water Well with Solar Pump

We are happy that our water well is finished and working wonderful!

The well has a solar pump so we never have to run a generator to fill the tank.  We always have a full tank thanks to the bright sun here in Sierra Leone!!



Thursday, February 25, 2016

Training Course

Luba Maternity Center started its first training course on Tuesday.  There are 3 newly graduated nurses who will take part.  This is a 2 month, intense course to increase knowledge and understanding as well as become more proficient in clinical skills.  Sierra Leone nursing colleges provide very little hands on experience and most students graduate with a lack of knowledge and very poor clinical skills.  The education will focus on maternal and infant healthcare.  Pictured below, the women are practicing tying/clamping an umbilical cord and also IV skills.







Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The twin boys were discharged to go home yesterday.  They are still small - 1.5 and 1.6 kg (3 lb, 5 oz and 3 lb, 8 oz)  but are doing well.  They are both breastfeeding now.

We would have liked to keep them at the hospital for awhile longer but due to home issues, their momma had to get back to the house.  Hospitals here don't keep babies without their mom or another family member.  Since they could both breastfeed effectively, we decided sending them home was the best option for the family.  There are uncountable obstacles to good healthcare here, but we do the best with the situations that we are given to work with.  For now, they will be coming every Tuesday and Friday for weight and health checks.

Please continue to keep them in your prayers and thoughts as they still have a journey ahead to grow bigger and stronger.

Here are a few pics of them a couple days before they went home!