A lot is going on in Amecet. This is baby Christine, she was born in the hospital, where her mother passed away, after a Cesarean. The family brought Christine 18 hours later, to Amecet. By that time Christine was dehydrated and had fever. She was weak and miserable. We took her to the doctor and she was put on IV fluids and IV medication. We had to feed her by NG tube, because she was too weak to drink from the bottle. We are now one week further and she is doing better, the fever is gone, the skin is better, not so dry, we still feed her via the NG tube, because she can drink only 10 or 15 ml.by herself. But I feel, that we won this battle (don't know how many battles are around the corner...).
Another picture again of Raphael, it looks as if he always wears this T shirt, but that is not true. He is not doing well, you can see all the lymph nodes in his neck and behind his ear. He has a lot of pain, doesn't want to walk and has problems with eating. His breathing is also going heavy. We try to give him what he likes, his auntie came to visit him this morning and brought him a small cake, he just sits with it in his hand, doesn't eat it... We started him yesterday on morphine, on advise of the doctor. So he will be able to sleep and not cry all night of pain. We had a talk with the family and the auntie will talk with both of the families, the father's and the mother's relatives. We wait what comes out of that. It breaks your heart, to see this sweet boy suffer so much......
Two days ago baby Charles was brought to Amecet. A small beautiful little baby boy. He was born 3 weeks premature. He was born in a health centre, in the village, but things went wrong, the mother was bleeding a lot. They referred the mother to the hospital, where she passed away. They couldn't stop the bleeding and there was no blood for transfusion. The baby had traveled a lot in his young life, because after this all, the family brought the baby to Amecet. The family had more problems than only the death of the mother. The father had not paid the dowry yet and the family of the mother demanded the payment..... This is a big problem here, the family of the late mother can come to the home and take away what they want, chickens, cows, goats..
Charles was brought by the grandmother and an auntie from the father's side, they told me that the father had ran away..
Charles's weight was only 1.8 kg. he is small and too weak to drink from the bottle, we feed him also via a NG tube, so the energy he'll get trough the feeding goes into gaining!!
Then we have Faith, a 15 years old girl, who is pregnant.
Last week her contractions started, we brought her to the clinic next door, where they have a maternity programme. It looks the baby was coming, but after 2 days, they let us go back to Amecet, which is any way, very near.. On Saturday evening she fainted, she was brought back to the clinic, but the next day again, she was advised to go back to Amecet and wait there until the baby was really coming, there was pain, but not progressing into labour. So she walked a lot around the compound, drank a lot and we just prayed and hoped the baby would come soon.
I made this picture yesterday, she was drawing and coloring in between her walks around the compound. I don't think many pregnant mothers will do this the day before they are expecting the baby!!
Last night at 3 am, she started to have real labour pains, so the staff we had assigned as "in case that.." took her back to the clinic. She is still walking around, but there is progress!!! We have a special rota of staff who will be with her, day and night, but the baby will hopefully be born today!! Faith has a lot of pain now and she is scared of everything what is going on. I pray she has enough strength to push the baby out...
So we have a lot of things going on, there are some children due to go home, but the families are not coming to get their children. So we call them to hear what is going on, some have a good reason, others just forgot.
This week, on Tuesday, we also got visitors from the Government. The Health Inspector and the Probation Officer (Child protection unit) came to inspect our home again. Many questions and many information asked about the children, staff, finances, reporting, protocols, administration etc. It was a good assessment, above average, they told us. That is good to hear, it is also good to be assessed, so you know in which area's we need to improve.
I hope to let you know soon that Faith has got her daughter (we know that because of the scan...)
Please keep us in prayers, we need it........