Survive to Thrive...Story #7

Ednaika is a special girl. She was one of the very first children we were able to send home the first month I started at GLA. She came to us in late October 2012, about 5 lb 10 oz and left November 26, 2012 just over 8 lbs. At the time, I prayed that little Ednaika would thrive with her mother and with help from a clinic close by, not knowing whether we would get an update or see her again.

Fast forward exactly one year from discharge, we received a call from Samaritan's Purse letting us know that Ednaika was back in the clinic, this time with malnutrition and dehydration. At just over one year old, she weighed 11 lb 11.5 oz,  only a little over 3 lbs heavier than when she left GLA the year prior. Her mother said that she was healthy and doing well but got sick about a month before and lost a lot of weight and decided to go to the clinic because she knew she was getting worse.

Ednaika would not eat when she first came in, we gave her IV fluids, antibiotics, and NG tube feedings. She was only tolerating slow gravity NG-tube feedings for the first two weeks and would not even try to open her mouth, refusing everything we offered. I worried about her a lot, she was just so weak and withdrawn. I remember mid December seeing her beautiful smile peek though and that was when I knew she was starting to feel better. It was just a few days after that she started really eating and we were able to take out her NG tube!

After that smile, each day, she got closer to being a healthy and happy little girl. I went out for two weeks in the beginning of January and when I came back, I barely recognized her! The transformation in just two short weeks was incredible. God is truly at work in this little girl: healing her from the inside, out!

Yesterday, it was time to send her home again with her mama. While in our care from November 26 - February 7, she gained 6 lbs 2 oz and now weighs 17 lb 13.5 oz. Another testimony of God's ultimate healing power, she has truly transformed from surviving to thriving! Please continue to lift up Ednaika and her mama in prayer as they return to their home.


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