|Rachel & her first baby, Favor, two hours old!|
Here in Jinja, our household conceded that we had been cut off from the rest of the world. But, we discovered later in the evening that email was still operational. And that we were even able to communicate by Messenger which provides chatting, and video and/or audio calling.
It dawned on me early the next day that perhaps we could still get some great stories out to you, from Uganda, through our MailChimp emails. Though we wouldn't be able to post a notification on Facebook that the blog had been published.
So, this is an attempt to tell the amazing story of Rachel.
Rachel went into labor late Wednesday evening. But, when she went to the government hospital in Jinja, she discovered that they were short handed due to the election. (Don't ask for an explanation!)
|Vicky (MAP Intern) & baby Favour|
Rachel and Frank (whose wedding I performed last year) didn't have money for a private clinic or hospital. This put Mama Rachel at risk and NGM's Maternal Advocacy's Program was contacted.
I called our new intern, Vicky, who was standing in a LONG line (in the hot sun) at her polling place. I told her the doctor thought Rachel had about 5 hours before delivery. Vicky stood in line for nearly three hours before she was able to vote. By the time we reached the private hospital, baby Favour, was two hours old!
I visited with the family and a few visitors, prayed for Rachel, and took some photos. Then I left Vicky in charge or everything!
Vicky stayed for the duration, paid the hospital bill, fed the family, put together a baby Starter Kit with blankets, clothes, and a few other baby articles (all brought to Uganda by the Oklahoma Medical Team). She hired a vehicle and took the family to town to buy a package of disposable diapers, baby soap and oil, and a few other things to get this family of three started down the road of this new adventure.
|Pam prays for the new family before they leave the compound|
I am going to attempt to upload a short video I made of Rachel and her new baby when I arrived at the hospital. It is too irresistible to not make an effort.
Please let me know, by email, if this effort has worked.