Kervens had come to GLA back in March very very sick. He was severely malnourished and mama was young and didn’t know how to take care of him. Everyone helped her and gave her so much advice, but she was simple and could not understand everything she was told. We sent her home with him in June and three days later she was back and he was almost dead. We don’t think she fed him the whole time she had him home!
The nursing staff worked so hard to get him well again and he was doing GREAT! We did not want to send him and his mother home again until his grandmother was there. We felt that surely the grandmother would watch over him and take care of him! The mother wanted to keep him and not give him for adoption, so we were trying to keep them together.
Well, Mirlanda took her son home again on Wednesday. He was fat, healthy, and happy! We sent formula with him and I personally talked to his mother about boiling all of his water or using bottled water only for him. I also talked to her about coming back right away if he got sick.
It bothers me that exactly three days after he left, he shows up again almost dead! He was hot and had lost lots of weight already! He was barely breathing when he and his mother arrived. He died before I got upstairs and we tried but could not revive him!
I know that we probably shouldn’t have been angry, but we were very angry with his mother! I do not think she took care of him at all after she left us. Three Days! He was only gone…3 days!
Kervens was not a premature baby that even with the best medical available in the States, Canada, or Europe, might not survive! He was almost a year old! He knew people and was starting to have a personality! He should NOT have died!
My staff is crying and very upset. They were afraid this would happen if he was sent home with his mother. But what do you do in a country where the social service system cannot follow or help cases like this?
You send them home with a prayer, a kiss, baby formula, and all of the information that you can give them and hope for the best. And sometimes, live with a broken heart because you could not save them all!
Posted on Sun, August 14, 2011