Throwback Thursday- Manu Juma

 

I will never forget the first day that I saw Manu. It was late at night and we had rushed Willy to Sister Freda’s hospital after he had 15 seizures in one day. One my way out some people brought in an unconscious boy that they had found lying on the side of the road. The house mom that was caring for Willy also helped care for Manu. Manu has epilepsy and his family could not afford the medication, so he would frequently be brought in to Sister Freda’s Hospital. After five days of being at the hospital, no one had shown up to visit Manu. I went there to check on Willy and told him that I would be back the next day to take him home. Manu looked up at me and said, “I’m going with you.”

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So the next day we went to talk to Manu’s parents. They lived about a ten minute walk away from the hospital and yet no one had even bother to check if he was there after five days of him not coming home. We talked to his parents and were able to learned that he had been attending school, but after he began having siezures more frequently it became difficult for him to walk there and back every day. He had been brought in to the hospital almost 5 times that year and it seemed as if his parents viewed him as more of a burden than a blessing. I talked them about bringing Manu to PKC and they quickly agreed.

Manu with his family and neighbors.

Manu with his family.

Manu has thrived since coming to live at PKC. When he first came we got him an EEG and were given several different medications to try to help with his seizures, but they all made him lethargic or dizzy. After a few months of being at the house and getting proper nutrition the seizures stopped.Manu is now in fifth grade and is at the top of his class. He has a great sense of humor and loves playing soccer. Manu is great with the other kids at the house and he especially loves playing with Japheth.

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Manu and Japheth.

He is kind and compassionate and hopes to start his own children’s home one day so that he can continue to reach out to kids who were struggling like he was. We are blessed to have Manu as a part of our family and can’t wait to see what God has in store for his future.

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