When we got home Yankho got even worse – he had a blank expression on his face and we couldn’t sleep as he was so sick so we had to hire a vehicle and rush to QECH the same evening.
When we got to QECH they did a Lumber puncture and we were told he had malaria which stiffens the body (which is a literal translation of meningitis).
We stayed at hospital for 3-4 weeks, the first week was in a children’s ward and they told me that they needed to find some specialists to find out what was wrong with him and get him proper treatment. The following week we were moved to the malaria ward and Yankho was still unconscious and I was very worried. During his third week in hospital he woke up.
I have three other children, 11, 8 and 5 years old and they were looked after by my husband whilst I was in hospital with Yankho. It was really hard for us as my husband came to visit us every day and as a result our small business crumbled. He just couldn’t run it as he was spending money to visit us in hospital and couldn’t manage the business as well as looking after the children.