Do you recognise Merveille? It’s been a year since the fight for her life began in the Congolese hospital in Ntamugenga. To survive, the girl needed oxygen. A lot of oxygen. In the most crucial moments, she was only able tobreathe thanks to you. She survived thanks to the great team from Ntamugenga and your constant support. The photovoltaic installation which you donated makes the fight for the lives of the little patients here so much easier.
When Merveille arrived at our paediatrics ward, we thought that her illness was the beginning of the end. Her heart was beating frantically, her chest was rising and falling rapidly, trying to pump air of which she could not get enough. When she was disconnected from the oxygen machine, her saturation could drop to 50… 40… The cause was a serious cardiac problem, a history of tuberculosis, several cases of pneumonia and bronchitis. The people who tried to treat her in rural health centres did not distinguish between heart disease and respiratory infections. Finally, the family asked the team from Ntamugenga Hospital to come to her rescue.
Thanks to the fact that we continue to improve our team’s abilities, the doctors immediately focused on the heart. They are in constant contact with a paediatric cardiologist in France, who gave further advice. He suggested a treatment that finally began to have an effect.
There are no words to thank you for the help you have given to this hospital in the middle of the Congolese wilderness. It is only thanks to you that we were able to save the little girl and get her heart working properly.
Never in the history of our hospital have any of our patients paid for oxygen therapy. Ntamugenga in this respect is the only place of its kind in the entire province of North Kivu. It is to you that our patients owe their gratitude.
Today Merveille no longer remembers her illness. Only brief check-ups remind her of the months spent in the paediatric ward.
By helping us to support and improve the hospital in Ntamugenga, you help to alleviate problems every day from a place in the world where there is no shortage of them.
One hour of ventilation costs 10 PLN. An amount our patients usually cannot afford. Donate one hour of oxygen therapy.