Meet Ruth-Our Newest Addition

      Meet Ruth, our newest baby here in the NICU. She came to us this past Sunday, December 15 at just about 2 lbs. Ruth was born on November 30th to parents of 5 other children. Both mother and father are older and shortly after giving birth, Ruth’s mother passed away from post-delivery complications. Ruth spent her first eight days in the hospital and then was released into the care of her aunt who also has children of her own.

     Ruth's aunt received formula and other assistance from another organization and was able to provide for Ruth for a short time; Ruth was then referred to us for continued assistance. She is 3lb 12.5oz and eating well! When I first heard we were receiving a preemie that had been in the hospital and with her family I was unsure of what condition she would be in. I was thrilled to see that the aunt took pride in the care she provided to her newborn niece and she was thriving even in Cite Soleil.

     After speaking with the aunt, she mentioned that neither she nor Ruth’s father could provide for her. Once the short-term assistance ended there wouldn’t be anything for her. It hit me once again that families try so hard to take care of “their own” but they know they do not have enough. That is the ultimate sacrifice, to give up your child to give them a better life… Our goal at GLA is to if at all possible reunite children with their families after they are healthy and their weight is up. Although, I’ve learned over time that that is not always possible; especially in cases where the mother has passed away. As the aunt kissed her niece goodbye and told her she loved her; tears built up in her eyes and then in mine. An already emotional weekend filled with goodbye’s for our GLA family was also filled with goodbyes for Ruth’s family. They already plan on visiting her tomorrow!

    If you could, please take a moment to lift little Ruth up in your prayers; for her health, family, and for her future.



11 comments (Add your own)

1. Karen wrote:
Will be praying for sweet Ruth and her family. What an impossibly difficult decision to make!

Wed, December 18, 2013 @ 5:24 PM

2. Nirvana Harley wrote:
prayed for this little one and all those involved.

Wed, December 18, 2013 @ 8:52 PM

3. Carol wrote:
Praying for sweet little Ruth <3

Wed, December 18, 2013 @ 11:06 PM

4. Beth Brewer wrote:
Praying for Ruth and her family! Can I sponsor her? Does sponsorship enable the family to care for her?

Thu, December 19, 2013 @ 7:35 PM

5. Kim wrote:
What can I do besides pray to help lil Ruth. What are her neefs at this very moment

Thu, December 19, 2013 @ 10:00 PM

6. Meshia Johnson wrote:
Father we ask that you will be with everyone who touches this sweet child that you created. We ask that every hand that touches her will be a healing hand.please be with her family and guide them in making a decision about who can care for Ruth. I ask Father that you will help this family to see that all things are possible through Christ. Please place the right people in Ruth`s life. I know that you are in control and will provide for this sweet child and her family. In Jesus name we pray.

Thu, December 19, 2013 @ 10:03 PM

7. Darcy wrote:
I too was wondering if there was a way to provide more support for her family to help them parent her. If not, in addition to prayers what can we do to help? She and her family are on my heart and in my prayers.

Fri, December 20, 2013 @ 12:20 PM

8. Barbara E. Miller wrote:
I fell in love with little Ruth upon reading her story and the Aunt who was brave enough to seek help in caring for Ruth. The family will be in my prayers. I am considering sponsoring a child as we enter the new year. God bless you for the wonderful work you are doing!

Tue, December 31, 2013 @ 4:19 PM

9. Ashley wrote:
Is she going to be released for adoption? If so, would it be possible to send updates to GLA for the aunt to see how she is doing and maybe even arrange visits to Haiti where the family could see her?

Sat, February 15, 2014 @ 12:58 PM

10. Ashley wrote:
I'm asking if that kind of communication would be possible post adoption, just to clarify. I realized my last comment was unclear.

Sat, February 15, 2014 @ 1:00 PM

11. Britany wrote:
Hi Ashley, Ruth is still here for only assistance at this point in time and not currently for adoption In other adoption cases there is continual communication post-adoption with the biological families.

Mon, February 17, 2014 @ 2:28 PM

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