This is our premature baby Ryan who came in the Toro Babies Home in the age of two month. His mother got pregnant while being still in school as well as the father. Her body was not yet prepared for giving birth to a child so she died during labour. The father went to prison but the family bailed him out and sent him back to school. That is why Ryan’s grandparents took care of him until the grandfather brought him here. Unfortunately, they have not yet come back to check on him. Ryan is a very calm baby and is growing day by day.
Abandoned in a guest house
Hey, I’m Gift and I came here in June 2019 after I’ve been abandoned in guest house here in Bunyangabu. My parents came as costumers and left me behind when they were leaving. They tried to find out who my parents are, but they failed. At my arrival in the Toro Babies Home they estimated that I’m about eight to twelve month old.
Because of the mental and physical disability I’m going to the Kyaninga Children Development Centre for physiotherapy and they are helping me a lot. I’m improving slowly but now I can sit on my own and try to hold the bottle myself. And that’s also because of the help of the volunteer Ruth who is doing exercises with me and we are spending a lot of time together. I’m very happy that she is volunteering her!
Now I’m already three years old and it’s usually time for leaving the Toro Babies Home. However, since my parents are not known and I’ve not yet found a family to adopt me I think I’m going to stay here.
A never-ending story for the hydrocephalus baby?
This is Keron and he arrived in the Toro Babies Home with the estimated age of four month in January 2021. His parents left him alone at their home, but luckily the neighbours found the crying baby. He was in a malnourished and anaemic condition so they admitted him in the Kabarole Hospital next to the TBH where he got special feeding. The matron tried everything to find the parents but the family changed the place where they used to stay and the father who is working as a taxi driver was always running away when the matron was coming to find him.
In February the Kyaninga CDC suspected a hydrocephalus (water head) which is causing the neurological symptoms and can be very dangerous for Baby Keron. They referred Keron to a Hospital in Mbarara (4-5 hours away) which confirmed the hydrocephalus and referred Keron to a special hospital in Mbale (around 8 hours away).
In the end of March they drove to Mbale to make futher diagnostics. The doctors decided to make another scan in the end of April to check if his head is still growing. At that moment the head was too soft for an operation.
The review in April revealed that his head is increasing normally and that there is no pressure on the brain anymore. The doctors advised physiotherapy and another review in the end of June. The physiotherapist of the Kyaninga CDC and the mother herself are doing good work in order to improve Keron’s condition.
Unfortunately, the Lockdown which has started in the middle of June because of COVID-19 made it impossible to drive back for the review and also the physiotherapists can not come anymore.
We hope that Keron will be fine and the physiotherapists can continue with their work as soon as possible.
Escaping from the father
Vania is a 9 month old Baby who was born of a very young mother in the district Kasese where she was living together with her husband. In one morning the father started accusing her cheating and that Vania is not his biological child. He said that he doesn’t want the child anymore and was threatening to kill Vania and the mother herself. Firstly, the mother ran to her own mothers place (Vania’s grandmother) in order to hide from her ex-husband but he was following them and still threatening to kill them. After that she ran to friends in Fort Portal but the father kept on tracking her phone. She decided to bring Vania into the Toro Babies Home where the father can not find her.
The ex-husband is still looking for her so she is still on her ran and is covering herself so that he can not recognize her. Vania’s mother is visiting her once in a while but she wants her daughter to be safe here in the Toro Babies Home.