I went to the States for a week over Thanksgiving to do some personal business and also to work in the office for a few days. We finished writing the newsletter and I got to the States in time to see it being printed, folded, stuffed in envelopes, and mailed out! People should receive the newsletter very soon if some have not done so already!
I was gone during elections. In fact, I was supposed to return to Haiti on election day and had to change my ticket because the government usually does not allow private vehicles on the road on election day. The press said there was violence at some polling places and some polling places were not open.
The Haitian people have been very anxious to hear what the results will be. Lots of people have said that they will go to the streets in protest if Jude Celestin is one of the top candidates! Mr. Celestin is the son-in-law of President Preval and many people in PAP are not happy with Preval’s government and want a change.
The people say it has been 11 months since the earthquake and nothing has been done by the government. They do not want someone in the presidency who is not going to work to get a plan for rebuilding the country!
We will see at 6 PM if there will be violence or cheering!
Last night, at 6:30 PM, we received a premature baby with a cleft palate, lip, and some other birth defects. The mother had given birth in CitiMed Hospital in Petion-ville. The baby weighed 1 pound 9 ounces! It was a little boy and CitiMed could not do anything for him. They had the aunt wrap him in a towel, get on a tap tap, and take him to a children’s hospital by the airport. When she arrived, they would not take him and so she got back on the tap tap and tried to go to the Community Hospital in Petion-ville. She said the baby was born at 2 PM but due to lots of traffic that she did not arrive at the Community Hospital. Someone gave her Magaly’s phone number and Magaly told them to bring the baby to GLA.
We gave him the name of Jacob. He was barely breathing and ice cold when he arrived. Susan started resuscitating him as soon as she got him into the NICU. He perked up and started breathing on his own. Susan started CPAP on him and his breathing got much better. We started an IV on him and he did pretty well until about 11:30 PM when Susan thought he had mucous in his throat and suctioned him. From the beginning, his lungs were stiff and it was difficult to get his oxygen level back up. But eventually, working together, Susan and I got him stable. Then at 1 AM, the nurse on nights came to get him because his breathing was bad again. At that point, he was not taking any breaths on his own and I called off the resuscitation effort.
It is sad when we lose a little one like Jacob. But we do what we can do and we give it our best effort to save everyone of the children who come to our gate!
Please be in prayer for Haiti as the results of this first election are announced. Unless one candidate got the majority of the votes, then the top 2 or 3 candidates will be in another election in January. Please pray that a person who has the best interest of the Haitian people in their hearts is the person who is elected and that their first priority is cleaning up PAP and getting people out of tents and into homes!
Posted on Tue, December 7, 2010
by Dixie Bickel