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.
Posted on Wed, December 18, 2013
by Britany filed under