We received a 3 month old baby girl today who has a malformation of her legs just like our baby, Daphnee, who went to the USA for treatment had. I wonder why this sort of birth defect is so common in Haiti? It is not just club feet. It is a congenital malformation of the legs from the knees to the feet! Now, from the knees up, she looks normal although there may be a problem with the thighs too. It is hard to know without Xrays! She is a beautiful baby girl who is big and strong. She raises her head up and looks around and is very bright and alert to what is going on around her.
The mom is young and says the father died in the earthquake. She says she is living outside and cannot care for the baby, Jerrensia. She brought her for adoption.
We also heard that IBESR is taking dossiers of children who were proposed before the earthquake. We have a couple of dossiers that fit this category and will be turning them in next week.
A new head judge of the Civil Court responsible for signing adoption decrees was supposedly named on Friday. I have not heard who will be assigned to this position but this does mean that we can get the adoption decrees signed for those families, especially my French families, who cannot take their children home until they receive this paper. This is very good news for them!
We are planning on bringing in lots of supplies to Haiti. We have two cargo planes coming next weekend from Miami and John is out in Colorado preparing 2 forty foot cargo containers of donated items! We have 200 tents, blankets, baby formula, diapers, food items, etc. We will hand out things as soon as they arrive because the rainy season is coming soon and we want people to be in tents.
Molly and Joyce made a run to the grocery store for me today. They went after our meat order for the kitchens. It seems that there is no fresh meat at the store! I do not know what we will do for hot dogs, chicken, beef, and pork next week. I will probably have to go buy it in the street market! This is the problem we will have in Haiti. Much of our chicken is imported and food items like that are not getting to our markets. I used to buy meat from street vendors and will do it again if I have to!
Will post photos of little Jerrinsia tomorrow. I forgot to bring them upstairs with me tonight.
Posted on Sat, February 6, 2010