I came down to my office early this morning to try and get caught up on some work. I knew that I had to go to Petion-ville after lunch and so thought I would get an early start on work. I had been sitting at my desk only a few minutes when one of the workers came in and told me there were two children at the gate sent from the local mission hospital.
I couldn’t understand at first why they had sent two children to us! I questioned him for a little bit until he finally said they were premature twins. They were still outside the gate. He had not let them come in until he asked if I would accept them into the nursery!
We finally got them inside with a worker from the hospital and the father. The mother I found out later was waiting in the truck. When I went out to look at the babies, they were twin girls and so very tiny. They both weigh just over 2 pounds!
The father gave a history of them losing their first child when it was 16 months old and now these twins were born too early and are tiny. The father was very worried and the mother was afraid to come in today. I sent her home to recover for a day or two and then come back.
The doctor at the hospital sent a short letter stating the twins were 30 weeks gestation. That is a difficult stage of development for them to survive here. They were born around 11:30 PM last night, but they waited to send them to us until 7:30 AM this morning. There was some problems on our road last night and they could not have arrived even if they had wanted to.
There is an incubator at the hospital. I have got to go up there and teach the nurses how to use it, so they can put babies like this into the incubator and keep them warm until they can bring them to us.
The twins were ice cold this morning. I do not even know if their temperatures registered on the thermometer! When they are this cold, it affects all of their organs. They were breathing on their own and looking around when I saw them on the front porch of the house. But touching them felt like touching an ice cube!
Susan had not come in to work yet and so my first priority was having Mme Bernard warm up the incubators and getting the babies warm. Mme Bernard had just taken them upstairs and Susan came in and they started working on the babies trying to get them stabilized.
All of the nurses worked quickly to get oxygen on them. Susan started with the smallest baby who was having the most problems. Mme Bernard was working with the bigger baby when I came upstairs after talking with the papa. When I say that one of the twins is bigger, I think there is only an ounce or so difference in their weights!
I had to leave to go downtown and when I returned after 6 PM, Susan said that as the twins started to warm up, their breathing became more erratic. They were having to stimulate the babies to keep them breathing. The bigger twin (top photo) was doing better when I got home, but the smaller baby (bottom photo) was still having to be tapped on the foot to get her to take breaths.
Both babies are on high levels of oxygen through CPAP tonight. Their body temperatures are warmer. IV’s have been started. Caffeine was started to help stimulate them to breath. Our pediatrician was here and started antibiotics. Everything possible has been done. Now, it is up to all of you and all of us to send up prayers that this young mother and father will be able to take these twins home and raise them as healthy children.
Please keep them in your prayers every day. We are doing our very best…now God will do the rest…
Posted on Mon, August 1, 2011