|Olivia, Edward, Pharidah and Grace|
Some may question the advisability of this blog. I have gone back and forth. Should I write this and post it or not? Should I include the gruesome photographs or not?
I’m not sure of the right answer, but I’ve decided I must. And, leave the opinions to any who read this. It was just two days ago that I wrote about the delightful development of purchasing land for the NGM Women’s Clinic and wrote about my 18 year old friend and mother, Olivia.
Late last night I made a long distance to Dr. Klinger in Oklahoma. He had seen the photo of Olivia’s damaged and diseased foot in the previous blog. He cautioned me that he could not made a diagnosis from 10,000 miles away. He encouraged me to go with my heart and consult the surgeon who had been attending to Olivia. I call Dr. Ashra and he concurred with Dr. Klinger.
Early this morning I read James 1:5. It promised that anyone who needed wisdom should ask of the Lord who would give it liberally. The only condition to receiving wisdom was to do so with faith and not waver.
I collected Peter, the driver for NGM, and Edgar, the manager of our farm and we drove deep into the village to inform Olivia and her mother that she needed surgery. A phone call to our friend Pharidah resulted in a loving care giver who would be with Olivia through the whole ordeal.
Late this afternoon Peter carried Olivia up two flights of stairs at Ray of Hope Clinic in Ntinda, a suburb of Kampala, and we got a third opinion consistent with Dr. Klinger and Dr. Ashra. Olivia will sleep in the clinic until morning and have nothing to eat or drink after 10 PM.
Peter and I will collect Olivia and Pharidah, along with five month old Edward and 9 month old Grace … both being nursed by Olivia and Pharidah … and we will drive over to International Hospital Kampala. All three doctors agree that the dead tissue and exposed bone in Olivia’s right foot has pushed her past a transmetatarsal amputation. Dr. Ashra will admit Olivia and tomorrow afternoon she will receive a BKA (below knee amputation).
Olivia will lose her foot, but her son Edward should grow up knowing his mother. The need is urgent and the solution is grim and regrettable … but necessary. It’s been a tough day for me emotionally, but my faith has not wavered.
The surgery and post op stay in the hospital could run as high at $2,000. If you would like to be a part of this effort to save Olivia’s life you may contribute to Next Generation Ministries through the PayPal donation button on this blog site or send a check to NGM, 29940 South Dhooghe Road, Colton, OR 97017. Any funds contributed to this need that go beyond the actual expense will be used for other medical needs by needy patients without financial resources.