After Several Miscarriages, Chinese Medics End Mother’s Nightmare

Photo shows Sun Yangchun (L) a Chinese gynecologist, Ludia Ikisa (M) a South Sudanese mother holding her baby next to her husband and Du Juan (R) a Chinese nurse in Juba Teaching Hospital on Tuesday.

By Denis Ejulu

After enduring several nightmares due to more than two miscarriages, Ludia Ikisa 31 now a mother of seven children can thank members of the eighth batch of Chinese medical doctors for helping her realize her dream of giving birth.

Ikisa a South Sudanese national is among several women in the youngest nation that suffer birth complications.

In 2017, she paid a visit to Chinese medical doctors in Juba Teaching Hospital while she was pregnant.

The Chinese doctors then provided her treatment to support her uterus during pregnancy to avoid another miscarriage that paid off.

 Ikisa gave birth to her sixth born child who is now two years old.

The eighth batch of Chinese medical doctors have helped with the same treatment that allowed her to give birth to her Seventh born child.

“I had instant miscarriages I could conceive but after three months the pregnancy is terminated. I aborted three times, that means I have lost three children in a row through miscarriage,” Ikisa told The  Juba Echo on Tuesday.

South Sudan has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world with more than 90 children out of 1,000 dying before they reach the age of five, according to charity Save the Children.

“After having treatment I got pregnant and during the third month of my pregnancy the doctors controlled my uterus to avoid miscarriage and after 8 months I gave birth,” she said referring to her sixth born who is a boy.

She recently again conceived after two years and with support from the Chinese medical team she gave birth to her seventh born who is a girl.

“The Chinese are helping us a lot they have never charged a penny for treatment, the only fee we paid is for the form which is 1,000 SSP and the money for scan which is also 1,000 SSP,” said Ikisa.

“Since I gave birth I am doing well the baby (girl) is three months old. I appreciate Chinese for the work they are doing they help people for free and I also appreciate the government for that partnership,” she added.

Sun Yangchun, a gynecologist with the Chinese medical team who supported Ikisa to give birth this year, said she is very happy that Ikisa gave birth after treating her.

“I am very happy to have helped this woman to deliver a healthy baby girl. I am one of the people who carried out surgical operation on this woman, we monitored this woman during her pregnancy until she gave birth to the baby,” said Sun.

She however, noted that reproductive health is very important to South Sudanese women who experience such birth complications like Ikisa.

“During the months we have stayed here, we have met a lot of patients with reproductive problems some of them cannot get pregnant and we have treated some of these patients but she is the first case to give birth in such a short time,” said Sun.

She also assured that they will continue to help other women in future with similar health complications.

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