Just before dark, I received a call from dear Sam and Esther... they have pulled into town, after a long journey back from Mbarara. The bus dropped them off near my home, so they called to see if I could bring them home. When they came in the gate, baby Pure Joy was so happy to see me. Joy is now 10 months and just underwent her second round of chemotherapy for the Retinoblastoma eye cancer that she is battling.
Last week the parents went back to Mbarara for further treatment, and two days after the chemo, the doctors decided that the cancer was still too aggressive and so they removed the eye completely.
Sam and Esther said five children all had their eyes removed that day - last Thursday - so we can be praying for healing, a decrease in swelling, and patience as each family adjusts to a new lifestyle.
Joy never gives up smiling though - she is such a strong girl!
Every night the eye socket needs to be washed with warm, clean water.
Joy has to go through at least two more rounds of chemo and hopefully she will receive a new eye next month. This journey continues....