Life is fragile.
This morning, Dixie received a call from Samaritan's Purse letting us know they had a 1.2 kg baby that they needed to send to us. This morning as we waited, the staff and myself got everything "set up" and prepared for when this baby would arrive; we did not know its sex or how old, we only knew that it's mama had died in child birth and it's aunt was bringing the baby up to us along with a Samaritan's Purse chauffeur.
Just the difference of an hour can make the difference. We came to find out that after Lovencia was born early Saturday morning, her aunt had tried to take the baby to a nearby hospital but since it was the weekend, the doctor was not there. First thing, this morning she brought her niece to Samaritan's purse hoping for help.
As soon as I saw the baby, I immediately knew something was wrong. She was very pale and I didn't notice any breaths. I asked the aunt to wait in the entry way as I brought her into the house. I got the stethoscope and heard nothing and still not a breath had been taken. Mme Bernard and I brought her to the nursery, Dixie along with some of the staff gave her rescue breaths and attempted resuscitation. Sadly, it was too late, little Lovencia had died in route to us.
Instances like this remind how fragile life is, especially here in Haiti. It truly is a miracle when a premature baby survives no matter where you live. I have a hard time with the "if only's"...if only the baby was born during the week, if only the doctor would have been there. Could she have survived if she got to us just a few hours sooner? The one thing we know to be true, no questions asked, is that Lovencia is now resting in the arms of Jesus no longer struggling. We must take comfort in that fact. Please lift the family of Lovencia and her mama in your prayers, as they have lost two members of their family so suddenly.
Posted on Mon, February 17, 2014
by Britany filed under