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, 3 September 2011

A Landmark Day For a Special Baby

Bobo came to us ten months ago in a malnourished state. He weighed 4lb then. Yesterday, he turned a year old, weighing in at 7lb 5.5oz!

Bobo has several congential malformations. His vision, hearing and brain development are affected and he also has narrow airways and problems with his digestive tract

Despite 7 months of loving, dedicated, one-on-one care from Miss Vicky, we really haven't seen the improvements in his general health and development that we had hoped for. Bobo receives high calorie, pre-digested feeds every 2-3 hours, round the clock, but he is still a falure-to-thrive baby, who doesn't grow or gain weight. He has low muscle tone, and is unable to hold his head up for more than a few seconds at a time. Not only have we not seen any improvements, we have seen some signs of deterioration in his condition - increased irritability, strange, unexplained fevers and loss of his sucking reflex.

Honestly, I didn't expect Bobo to live to be a year old. Honestly, I don't that Bobo will live to celebrate another birthday, but then, I am not the one'in the know' on these matters

'Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.' (Psalm 139:16).


Rebecca said...

What a beautiful baby. God's wonderful handiwork.

Adrienne said...

Praying for little Bobo and Miss Vicky!