We had a very informative session over at the Neonatal ward and Cancer ward in Cipto today. Barbara and her daughter, Thordis from Die Brucke kindly joined us for the visit.
At the Neonatal ward, we met five new patients. Ibu Inge who showed us around mentioned there were currently fifty babies in the ward getting treatment and luckily not as busy as two weeks ago when we had visited. A pair of female twins recently admitted were thirty weeks premature. Both babies don’t have a name yet and are temporarily named after their mother’s name. Baby Nella 1 is doing fine but baby Nella 2 had difficulty in breathing and has undergone surgery about a week ago. They weigh 1,500 grams each and are slowly recovering.
Baby Rahmawati (also temporarily named after the mother) is diagnosed with Gastroschisis. Only twelve days old, her current condition is not good and cannot be operated until she is more stable. We hope she stays strong and well.
Baby Yulianti (also temporarily named after the mother) is suffering from Hydrocephalus. He has been operated for brain drainage to get rid of the liquid. Already admitted for one month in hospital and so far is doing good. When his condition is stable then his parents can take him home.
We were sad to learn that there was an unclaimed baby who is only fifteen days old. The parents of Baby Ahma cannot be located and doctors have tried contacting them by telephone and had no success. With the help of the nurses, we will try to find the address of the family and see if we can do a house call. We hope there can be some clarification to whether the parents still want the child and if not then baby Ahma can be happily sent to an orphanage. Originally diagnosed with a blood infection, she is now fit and healthy and absolutely gorgeous looking.
Thordis couldn’t resist giving a cuddle to baby Parin who we mentioned in our last visit.
Over at the Cancer ward, we met Ana who is two years old and the youngest child out of two in the family. She is undergoing treatment for kidney cancer and is receiving Fosfamide chemotherapy. Already she has had one cycle of treatment and showed some good signs of improvement but her malnutrition was not improving. Ana will need one more cycle of chemo before she can be evaluated if they can do a CT Scan on her. We were told by the doctors that a CT scan is very expensive approx. IDR 2.5 million. We hope to be able to support Ana in any such way.
Lastly we met Rendi who is all the way from Kalimantan. He is five years old and was not shy at all to chit chat with us. Happily nibbling on some candy and smiling away, he is diagnosed with Lymphoma and is at stage four of the cancer. One week of chemo treatment has already been received but there is another four more weeks of chemotherapy to come. His parents are here for three months to give Rendi love and support. We send our loving wishes too!