Sad News about Lovely

Lovely has been doing fairly well for the last several days. Lovelie - 18 February 2011 -4 It had been a big weight off my shoulders when Susan came back to Haiti and could take the responsibility for the nursery again.

Yesterday, Lovely was not doing as well.  Her IV needed to be changed and she had no veins.  I looked before church and tried to stick her and had not luck.  I told the staff that I would try again after church.

In the late afternoon, I finally after sticking her 10 times, found a vein.  Her veins were just very tiny and she had what we call “valves” and I couldn’t get past the valves without piercing the vein.  Finally, I found one of my “special” IV catheters and I told the day nurses that this was my “magic” catheter and sure enough, I got in to a wonderful vein first try!

She doesn’t do well with any sort of stress.  She stopped breathing after the trauma of being stuck so many times but only for  a short time and then stabilized again.  Then she stopped digesting the milk she was receiving later in the day and it had to be stopped.

At 1:15 AM, the staff came and told me that her stomach was big.  It was hard and distended when I arrived in the nursery and her oxygen level was going down.  She was still fighting and crying at that time.  Susan and I worked on her until 2:40 AM when she died.

It about broke our hearts because she had survived for two weeks and was doing well!  But these babies are just so fragile.  It turned out also that she and mother have a blood disorder that I have tried to counsel mother about and also tried to persuade her not to have another baby real soon!  She is only 18 years old and truly the size of a 12 year old! 

I do not think mother completely understood just how ill Lovely was until last night.  I woke her up and had her come and sit in the room with us.  I wanted her there and to try to get her to understand the seriousness of the situation. 

She and Lovely are on their way to their little village of Ti Tayen this morning.  We sent mother off with prayers and hugs and we will pray that God gives comfort to this mother that has lost her first baby girl.

Lovely is in the arms of Jesus and I envy that because I so want her to still be in our arms!

13 comments (Add your own)

1. Vicki wrote:
God bless everyone for doing your best to help her and her mamma.

Mon, February 28, 2011 @ 11:47 AM

2. Dawn Scott wrote:
My prayers will continue to be with the mother...our only comfort can be that Lovely will have no more pain in the arms of Jesus. Continued Prayers Dawn Scott

Mon, February 28, 2011 @ 11:58 AM

3. Rori Hartzell wrote:
My prayer are certainly for you, the staff, and Lovely's mom today !!! Truly an extraordinary gift to know she is with Jesus and her struggle and suffering is over....Amen.

Mon, February 28, 2011 @ 12:33 PM

4. Jill wrote:
I not only will I pray for Lovely's mother, but you & the staff at GLA. The work that you do makes a difference. I know that each child makes a difference in your lives, so the loss of any one of them is felt tremendously by all of you. Hugs to you & prayers for all of you.

Mon, February 28, 2011 @ 1:37 PM

5. jean B wrote:
It's soooo sad to us - for Lovelys Passing! But there will no tears in Heaven and for that I am soooo Thankful! "Bless yoiur Hearts at GLA!!!!" ~jean

Mon, February 28, 2011 @ 1:38 PM

6. Joy wrote:
So sorry to hear this--it brought me to tears. I have been following Lovely's story and the work that you ladies were doing for her. You are truly servants of God. I'm sure it was hard for Susan to be gone on a much-needed and deserved vacation during this. It made me think of our Little Dany Love Senat that you cared for previously. While she was not near as fragile or ill as this Little Lovely, you still cared for her and and worked to get her as healthy as possible. And now, we have the "Little Blessing" here with us in the U.S. to love and to give us love and pleasure in caring for her. I am Dany Love's paternal grandmother and her maternal grandmother once said to me that she felt that we are so fortunate to get to love and care for a child that was once an orphan and to be a part of her "forever family." She is so right!!!

Mon, February 28, 2011 @ 2:18 PM

7. janka wrote:
just tears from my eyes...i can feel the pain.. thinking off you all

Mon, February 28, 2011 @ 3:09 PM

8. Sonya wrote:
My heart is so sad for the loss here on earth of Lovely. I have been praying for her since her first blog appearance. She is safe in the arms of Jesus and will have no more pain. The Master will give her a perfect body that will last forever. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to sustain her delicate life and the help you gave her mother. My prayers are for her mother and GLA staff to be comforted and strengthened. Precious little Lovely, Sleep peacefully sweet baby girl.

Tue, March 1, 2011 @ 2:15 AM

9. Allison wrote:
While the pain of Lovely's death is still so raw there is great joy and peace in knowing in whose arms she now rests. You are all in my prayers as you grieve the loss of another precious life and as you give so selflessly of yourselves to the daily care of so many little ones, some with such serious physical ailments. My prayer is for God's strength, grace, and healing for today and the days ahead. Keep in mind that Lovely's life was not cut short...her purpose in living was fulfilled. Much love and prayers - Allison

Tue, March 1, 2011 @ 12:43 PM

10. Betsy Negley wrote:
I was so sad to hear of her passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I admire the work that you all are doing there so much. My prayers are also with her mother that has suffered such great loss. May God bless and hold you all in his comfort and care.

Tue, March 1, 2011 @ 1:18 PM

11. Jane Blannin-Bruleigh wrote:
Such sad news - tears are shed for this precious little one who was deep in the hearts of the GLA staff and is now in Jesus arms, but missed so much. Knowing God will give you strength and comfort and courage for the next baby.

Tue, March 1, 2011 @ 3:35 PM

12. Annaka Cowieson wrote:
To all at GLA - thank-you for everything you do for these babies! To Joy, thank-you for posting about Dany Love. I spent weeks working with her in August 2009 and loved her more each day! When I first met her she was just a year old and still unable to crawl, or even sit up without supporting herself. Week after week she made breakthroughs and by the time I had to say goodbye she was scooting across the balcony just as fast as all the walkers! I spent well days with her and sick days, but even when she was moaning in pain she was still so sweet and gentle. What a strong little girl! She was tougher as a baby than some grown women I've met. She inspired me and I am so proud of her. Thank-you for loving her. I love you for it! Bless you and your family. - Annaka (Koldyk) Cowieson

Fri, March 4, 2011 @ 12:10 AM

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