Critically ill Babies Come to GLA from another orphanage…

Last night, I was in a meeting with some men about building steel buildings for Haitian families.  We were also talking about building the toddler house at Fort Jacques.  My phone rang and it was Erin, who is in charge of the mission Thirst No More in Haiti.   I told her that I was in a meeting and asked if I could call her back.  She sounded flustered a little bit and she said, “Well, I have some critically babies here and I need to know what to do!”

She told me that a medical team from Thirst No More was at an orphanage in Kenscoff planning to hand out worm medicine to the children.  When they arrived, they found that two babies had died already during the day and three more were in critical condition!  They tried starting IV’s but had no luck.  The doctor that was with them finally started giving fluids through intraosseous infusion. This is where you place a large needle through the hard part of the bone into the soft area of the bone and give fluids.  It was all they could find.

Woodley from Kenscoff Orphanage - 12 November 2010-3 We first received two of the babies only because they were trying to get the other baby stabilized before bringing her down.  The little boy, Woodley, was taking sips when they arrived.  He did not fight me when I first put the IV in him, but shortly there after, he pulled it out! He was vomiting and had copious amounts of green diarrhea!  He started taking fluids and looks so much better today. He is 9 months old according to the orphanage worker. Geraldine from Kenscoff Orphanage - 12 November 2010-2

Geraldine, the little girl, was critical.   She was dry, malnourished, had diarrhea and vomiting, and her eyes were glazed almost.  I got an IV in her without her even crying.  We started giving lots of fluids and she perked up a little bit.  She still is lethargic and only taking small sips of rehydration fluid along with her IV fluid.  She is 9 months old according to the care giver.

Fedaline, who was 1 1/2 years old, came after the others.  They got her stable enough to transport here but not enough to go to the pediatric hospital by the airport.  Susan put her on oxygen as soon as she arrived.  She was vomiting coffee Fedaline - Baby from Kenscoff Orphanage ground substance from blood in her stomach.  Her oxygen saturation stayed low even with oxygen.  I think she was probably very anemic.  I tried for 2 hours to get an IV in her so that we could take the intraosseous infusion out.  Finally after 15 sticks, I got one in her scalp.  She had been stuck so many times even before arriving that I had difficulty finding a vein.  Those I did find were fragile and as soon as I put fluid on them, they infiltrated.  We gave her a rapid infusion of fluid to bring up her blood pressure and she perked up a little bit.  The whole time I was trying to find an vein that didn’t collapse, Susan was pushing fluids in her leg bone!

She was still vomiting old blood and having white mucous diarrhea after the IV was in.  We used ice water to stop the bleeding in her stomach. She survived the night but died at 7 AM this morning.  We did CPR on her thinking maybe we could get her back, but her heart just stopped.

All of the kids are being isolated because we don’t know what this is that they might have.  I have a feeling it might be Guardia in their water at the orphanage, but it is hard to know.  I do not think it is Cholera.

God called us to Haiti to care for children just like this.  We have always had an open door policy to take in very sick children.  I am very sad that we lost Fedaline, but very happy that the other two are improving.

I just received a call now from Michelle, a volunteer from last year, who is bringing newborn twins to GLA from the mission where she is working right now.  Life is never dull at GLA!  She also promises me that the twins are healthy and doing well!  That was good to hear after the night put in last night with the three sick babies!

8 comments (Add your own)

1. Sharon Wilkens wrote:
You must be given an extra measure of stamina from the Lord to face what you face. Those precious babies.

Sat, November 13, 2010 @ 12:41 AM

2. Robin wrote:
Praying for you and your team as you minister "unto the least of these..." May you know the hand of the Lord upon your life as you are His hands and feet to those who need healing.

Sat, November 13, 2010 @ 12:45 AM

3. Kelly D < :) wrote:
((((((DIXIE)))))) Thanks for being there for the little ones in Haiti. I am proud to know you and pray for you, your work and the kiddos in your care. Love in Christ KD < :)

Sat, November 13, 2010 @ 2:35 AM

4. Rori Hartzell wrote:
All I can say is that prayer will be continuing for these sweet babies. I am so sorry to hear about Fedaline.....Jesus has her in His arms now and what a wonderful place that would be. I surely pray that no cholera will come near GLA and the epidemic in Haiti will quickly resolve with no more loss of life and suffering. --Rori

Sat, November 13, 2010 @ 3:07 AM

5. anita geuze wrote:
respect for all workers from GLA!Praying for the little baby's!!

Sat, November 13, 2010 @ 5:05 PM

6. Rosie wrote:
Thank godness 2 of the 3 babies survived. I just wish the other one would have too.

Sun, November 14, 2010 @ 1:49 PM

7. Kayann Daley wrote:
Such a difficult life these kids have to live.Such horrific suffering these kids have to go throught. My stomach hurts so much to think that once they get better they will be sent back to get worse. I wish their was something we could do for that specific orphange.Please let me know if we can help them help themselves. Kay

Mon, November 15, 2010 @ 10:04 AM

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