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Uganda: Dreams of a Baby

by Sarah Austria | May 17, 2016

Veciana and her husband, Simeon, were excited to have children. Twice, the excitement of pregnancy was followed by the devastation of a miscarriage at three months. But she remained hopeful as she sought help at her local health clinic in Burundi--Maybe, with treatment, she could have a safe birth. Unfortunately, when she inquired about treatment she was told that she was fine - and that there were no solutions for her. After the second miscarriage, Veciana was afraid she would may never be able to have a baby.

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Then, Veciana and Simeon’s life was thrown into turmoil. Violence broke out in Burundi and their community was attacked. The couple fled, taking with them a neighbor girl who became orphaned after her entire family was killed in the attack.

After safely arriving as refugees in Uganda, Veciana began to notice pain in her pelvis. She was worried. A local health worker trained by Medical Teams International encouraged her to get tested for cervical cancer. Thankfully, there was no cancer.

While at the Medical Teams International health clinic, Veciana mentioned her previous miscarriages. There, staff made a discovery: a simple, treatable issue with her cervix was likely causing her miscarriages. Veciana also learned something else at the clinic- she was pregnant.

Thanks to you, Medical Teams International was able to perform a simple surgery that repaired her cervix, and made it safer for her to carry a child.

Finally, she found the treatment she'd been seeking

When we last talked to her, she was six months pregnant! So far, it seems the surgery was a success. At first, Veciana was nervous that she would miscarry again... especially at three months. However, with each passing month she was a bit more hopeful and became more and more excited.

Veciana and Simeon are an incredibly affectionate and sweet couple - a sentiment made even clearer by the fact that they have taken in and continue to care for the orphaned girl from their community in Burundi. They are so very excited to have a baby. Without your support, Veciana would not have discovered the source of her early pregnancy problems, or been able to repair the problem. You have made their happiness, and this healthy pregnancy, a reality.