Survive to Thrive... Story #6
On October 17, we had another organization, who goes to remote areas of Haiti, calling us requesting help for a young boy who they had seen in their week-long medical clinic. Just under a year old Little Love, as I liked to call him, was just 11 lbs. He was severely malnourished and was treated for three days prior to coming to us with naso-gastric feeds but still was not doing well and the short-term team was looking for continued care for him.
For the first few days, he was touch and go. He was not tolerating any food by mouth and only small amounts through is NG tube; he was very sad and withdrawn. His mother stayed here with him for his first few weeks and the staff helped to teach her what her son needed and how to prepare it, for his eventual discharge. Little Love would cry and cry when his mother wasn't in an arms distance or holding him and it was very evident that his mother truly wanted to care and provide for him, she just need some education and help.
After having an IV for a few days and a naso-gastric tube for about two weeks, his body starting changing, the swelling had diminished and his thin, frail body was starting to become strong again. Little Love stayed here with us until December 9th, just under two months. His mother had gone home for a few weeks to see her family and help take care of her other son, when she returned she was so surprised and happy to see the transformation in her youngest son. On discharge, he had gained just under 7lbs in 2 months and was the happiest boy around! He has a laugh that can take over the room!
Little Love is back in his families care; we continue to pray that he continues to grow and be healthy while with his family. His story is not over and we hope that he can continue to thrive in the environment and care that he is currently in.
Posted on Tue, December 31, 2013