Thursday, December 8, 2011

Update on the baby that couldn't breathe

We have an update on the baby that couldn't breathe...

On Monday night they decided to take it into town because our oxygen tanks were quickly being depleted. The baby would need a full supply in the coming days if it were to have a chance of survival. We had kept all its vitals at good levels, but we would not be able to do that for long.

So, around midnight, Steve, Michael, and his sister Christina, (along with the patient and her parents) headed out for the Leogane hospital. They arrived there in a few hours and gave the baby into the nurses' care. The heartbeat was a bit slow so they gave it some epinephrine and all seemed well. They made sure everything was in order, then headed out to Ti Guave to catch some sleep.

But when they arrived there (around 3:30am) they received a phone call from the baby's father, saying their little girl had suddenly died. What caused the sudden change in circumstances, we can only speculate. However, it was evident that the baby had sustained at least some brain damage before it was born; it never ate correctly (sucking reflex), and never had a good breathing pattern.

We are all very saddened by the whole situation. It is difficult because we did everything we could, and yet the baby still died... perhaps it is for the best, for we know that God is the giver of life, and that He can preserve a little one in such a situation if He sees fit. We thank Him for his faithfulness through this time.

Please pray for the parents, as this is a hard for them too. The wife (Gertha) is taking it very well, and is trusting the Lord... the husband, Vicson (some of you might remember him) is taking it a little harder.

Thanks for your prayers. They mean a lot.

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