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.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

A Child Who Needs Us

I answered a knock at my door at dinner time. It was Joyce, who works at our toddler house, and she brought 'good' news; I had a new baby she said, a premture girl, and she was waiting for me on the porch.

The baby doesn't have a name yet. She was born 2 months early at 2m this morning. She was very hypodermic when I did my initial assessment of her tonight. Her heart rate was dropping and she was showing signs of an early pneumonia.

I worked with Nicole, one of our volunteer relief nurses, to stabilize this tiny 2lb 13 oz girl. I have just returned from the NICU. The baby is in a incubator and her temperature has come up. She is breathing well and her heart is beating strong. We have started her on IV fluids and antibiotics. The following days will be critical for her. I am definitely guarding my heart. I can't afford to invest too much hope in a miracle baby.

Yet she is a child in need, and we are able to help. That is wonderful in itself. I feel privileged to be here and to be given an opportunity to love her and care for her.


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Cathy said...

I feel privilege you are there. So happy she is doing better. Will be praying for her and many others. Praying for your heart also.

Buy Soma said...

I pray that you continue to find the strength to do these amazing things and may God continue to shower you with blessings and joy.