Another child that the gifted hands of Moryn worked on is a nephew. Therefore, you can understand how close to her heart this child is. Unlike the usual trips to Masaka, this call for duty was at an arms distance. He was born with no complication whatsoever; he was a healthy baby. At one week, this little boy and his mother had just returned home. However, he developed an infection and had to see the doctor. He was immediately referred to IHK because the physician could not handle this problem in his clinic. On arrival, he was taken to the NICU where he spent three weeks in a battle for his life. For two weeks, the physicians could not figure out what the problem was. They tried all they knew how but he just kept getting worse. It was so bad that his body organs could not function on their own hence necessitating the need for life support machines. There was a time when he seemed to be turning for the best; responding to medication, however, the sense of joy was short lived. That was because they realized that he had developed neurological problems. His eyes were not moving regularly and to top it all, he had developed hydrocephalus. By the time they left the hospital, they were very grateful to God that he was alive. However, they were not sure of what to do with all these ugly developments in the little boy’s life.
Small Terrence had developed mental problems therefore he could not meet all his developmental goals as a typical child would. Besides that, his parents did not respond to these changes as fast as needed because they had no idea of what to do with him. It is very stressful to deal with a healthy turned sickly baby.
Moryn made it a point to check on little Terrence regularly to ensure that his head was not getting bigger and to give his parents hope and encouragement. When he made one year, Moryn started indulging him in physiotherapy to teach him how to control his head, roll on his tummy, hold things in his little hands and sit. Progress seemed slow in the first few months. However, with patience and hard work, this little man started making a tremendous improvement. He is now two years, and Moryn says that he has just learned how to sit although he has not learned how to hold things in his hands or coordinate his body well. Moryn says, “I have faith that we are going to reach those milestones.” Right now, the next goal is to crawl and walk.
There are good and bad days in Terrence’s life. For example, he has weak immunity, so he quickly gets infections, he is constantly in and out of hospitals because his cerebral fluid repeatedly gets infected, so it needs to be drained.
The future is not bright, but I know that every success is cause for a triumph for Terrence, Moryn, and his parents. I hope that I will give you more details as he grows. We pray for the best Terrence.