This past March many of you donated money to CCC’s hospital in the city of Koutiala, Mali through our Mission’s Catalog. Those gifts are life-giving for the women and children served at the hospital. Here are some of there stories as told by Dr. Brett MacLean, the leading Pediatrician at the hospital.
First is Abdoulaye who has what we refer to as “wasting illness” which he was infected with years ago while receiving a blood transfusion in Ivory Coast. You can see his remarkable improvement once we were able to diagnose him and start treatment. Donations from CCC are helping children such as Abdoulaye by purchasing the medicines he needs but cannot otherwise afford.
Next is Alou who has a severe kidney illness that did not respond to any initial therapy. Due to the lack of function of his kidneys his body was so swollen with fluid that he could no longer see. He also had a stroke due to this illness. Thankfully we were able to start him on medicine that saved his kidneys and now allowed him to fully recover and lead a normal life while continuing to take his daily medication.
After his stroke, he limped for about 6 months but little by little regained full function of his left side. You can see from his current picture how well he is doing and how happy his father is with his treatment. While in a coma for over a week, we had told Alou’s father that it was not likely that he would survive. What a difference now!
Fatoumata came to us 3 years ago having wasted away and barely conscious. She was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and improved rapidly once she started her daily insulin shots. She decided to become a follower of Christ during her stay with us in the hospital and asked that we call her Elizabeth now. Having never attended 1 day of school in her life, we were able to help send her to a Christian school for teenage girls to learn how to read and write and follow the Lord. She now can read her Bible every day and better understands what it means to follow Christ. She has grown into a young woman before our eyes.
The medicines provided by CCC recently are helping other young girls and boys by providing the money for insulin shots.
Each month we provide formula to 25 – 30 babies whose mothers have died after their birth. In addition there are always a few more whose mothers can’t produce breast milk or who have a medical condition preventing breastfeeding. Madou is a great example here of a child whose mother passed away during childbirth and who would have certainly joined his mother in the grave if not for the formula we were able to provide. It is so sad to look at how many women continue to die in Mali during childbirth due to delivering at home or at unequipped health centers, but we are thankful to make an impact on the child left behind and bring joy to the grieving family.
CCC’s children’s ministry recently raised money to provide formula for babies such as Madou. Truly a life-giving donation!
Ruthie is one of our over 100 patients with sickle cell disease. In the United States we fail to realize that in Africa sickle cell disease is usually fatal before the age of 5 years. Ruthie has the more severe form of sickle cell and her parents have lost 3 of her older siblings to the illness prior to the opening of our pediatric sickle cell center. Without the current medication that we are able to provide for Ruthie she would not be able to survive either but as you can see from her photo she is doing terrifically well.
Thank you to each and every one of you that has given and prayed for our work at the Koutiala Hospital and for this special donation which remembers these children with chronic, usually lifelong, needs. We are encouraged as well to know that these little ones are not being forgotten and the Christ is receiving the glory for all that is done.
Your fellow servants,
Brett and Sheri MacLean