In September 2011, 3 month old Shelma was admitted to the hospital with fever, cough and failure to thrive. She was unfortunately diagnosed with HIV. She showed no improvement despite a couple of antibiotic courses. Without concrete evidence of Tuberculosis we began treatment for that and HIV. I saw last saw her last December and while she had had still not gained any weight she no longer had fevers and was socially interactive. Last week I was summoned to the HIV Treatment Unit. One of the counselors asked me to look behind the door. There sat Shelma on her mothers lap playing with her bottle of HIV medication. She was talking and her mother proudly showed me how she was walking. Our prayers to St Jude were surely answered in Shelma’s recovery.
Jim and Terry Hake have been at St. Martin de Porres Hospital in Njinikom, Cameroon since July 2010. With the prayerful support of their family and friends, and relying on Our Lord to be their daily companion, they are in the second year of a three year mission.