In Septemeber 2008, I traveled 6000 miles to Haiti's Kenscoff mountains. My mission: to care for some of the orphaned and abandoned, the sick, malnourished and premature infants of this beautiful but beleagured Caribbean nation.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Meet Some Of My Angels

We have 16 babies in our high care room. It's time you met some of them:

She was a tiny angel when she arrived, weighing just 1lb 12 oz. She is now thriving on Mummy's milk and weighs in at a hefty 4lb 1 oz. "The Littlest Angel" is our miracle baby; she survived for 10 days at home, without any medical intervention. When she arrived at GLA, the nurses placed her in an incubator and started her on oxygen and tube feeds. The Littlest Angel agreed to remain in her incubator but was quick to tug out her tubes. I wasn't here at the time but I imagine everyone was glad to see such a fighting spirit in such a tiny, fragile baby.

This beautiful and engaging baby boy needs lots of love and encouragement. He is a happy, flirtatious and contented little man who just loves being a baby! He enjoys lots of attention in his room, where he is busy with the business of charming all the ladies he meets!

I have a special place in my heart for a 5 month old boy
(shown here on the right.) At first, he didn't grow as he should, but with extra TLC, he is beginning to fill out. Plenty of hugs for this little man! He responds well to interaction and to stimulation.We had a pep talk last week and he really took the part about the importance of good nutrition to heart; he has increased his formula consumption by a third! He refused to try weaning foods from his nanny but was more than obliging when I offered him pureed banana! This baby may have some special needs, which just makes "Miss Susan" love him all the more.

This pretty little lady is strong, healthy and developing normally. I tend to focus my attentions on the children who are medically fragile, but there is no child here who is more or less deserving of our love and care. They are all special.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The "pretty little lady" is my precious baby. I was so happy to see another picture of her and to hear that she is "strong, healthly and developing normally." Thank you so much for this unexpected gift!