28-Jul-2016.By: Machi Solomon
Papi and Nene were married for over six years without a child. Day and night they prayed to God for a child. Day by day, they were faced with all kinds of unfriendly pressure from their family and the frustration became so unbearable.
Just when all hope seemed lost, Papi received a call from their doctor one fateful afternoon that his wife’s test result showed that she was eight weeks pregnant. He didn’t wait for the doctor to drop the call as he dashed out of the office to the nearest mall and began selecting beautiful items for his pregnant wife and their unborn child.
Papi’s mood that day was off the hook. It was as though he was getting married over again. Well, will you blame him, after praying and waiting for a child?... Immediately he was done shopping, he hurried home to celebrate with his wife.
The next day, the doctor called to inform them that they need to begin intensive care on Nene and the pregnancy because she was also diagnosed with Hepatitis B, a potentially life-threatening liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus and puts people at high risk of death from cirrhosis and liver cancer.
The news brought an unpleasant shock to the couple. Nene wondered how possible that could be because she thought she did not experience any symptom. Perhaps, she may have taken for granted or misinterpreted some of the symptoms she would have noticed - like yellow skin, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach pain, abdominal discomfort, brown or dark urine.
Nene was a nurse, leading a healthy life and besides, she never had any sexual contact outside her marriage. So how could she have the infection?... Well, she thought deeply and realised she may have contacted it through a careless contact with a patient, being a health worker.
Yes! Hepatitis B can be contacted that way. Hepatitis B is a greater risk to certain groups of people, most especially health workers who come into regular contact with human blood. It is also spread through sexual contact, sharing needles, or contact with body fluid, reuse of needles and syringes either in health-care settings or among persons who inject drugs. In addition, an infection can occur during medical, surgical and dental procedures, through tattooing, or through the use of razors and similar objects that are contaminated with infected blood.
As a loving wife and mother to be, Nene’s next concern as she got herself taken care of, was to make sure her husband and family members got vaccinated after they tested negative, and that her new-born child received the vaccine within the first 12 hours of her birth.
After birth, her baby was tested negative and immediately vaccinated in order to have more than 90% chance of not developing chronic hepatitis B for a long time.
As a trained Nurse and a victim of Hepatitis B, Nene feels she has a duty to share with you all about Hepatitis. She was moved not only to fight the disease that almost killed her but to wipe out the ignorance that had allowed the disease to get so out of hand. She is urging you all – Men, Women and Children who haven’t been vaccinated, to know your hepatitis status today and be vaccinated against, not only Hepatitis B, but also A, C, D, and E,
Today Nene and her family are spreading the story about the danger of this deadly disease. Today is #WorldHepatitisDay. Don’t be ignorant of this silent killer. Know your hepatitis status today and join Nene and family to fight Hepatitis by spreading the message of Hepatitis prevention.
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