Many years ago when John and I first moved to haiti, I received several babies from the Missionaries of Charity Hospital in Port-au-Prince who were very sick and died soon after arriving at the orphanage. The babies were all preemies and I got so depressed and the Sister Immacuella said to me, “Dixie, we do our best and God does the rest!” I’ve taken that to heart and believe that unfortunately, all babies cannot be saved, but as long as we give our all to do our best, then that is all we can do.
When we received the call that Real Hope for Haiti had twin baby girls who were premature and were not breathing very well, we immediately said we would help. It was a 3 hour ride out to Cazale during rush hour traffic but Lisa Giesbrecht, our new NICU nurse was up for the challenge. This was her first day at GLA on her own. She had been working with Britany Smith until yesterday. Britany left for the States and Lisa jumped into the “fire” of life in Haiti feet first!
The babies were not stable when she arrived at Real Hope but she had taken oxygen and an ambu bag so that she could help the most fragile one breath. Once she left there, it was another 3 hours back to the orphanage. The whole time she was in the car she was breathing for the babies. First one and then the other. Thankfully, one of the babies was more stable then the other one.
When Lisa arrived back at the orphanage at 8:30 PM, the rest of us stepped in to help her stabilize the babies. The most fragile baby never did get stabilized. She would start breathing on her own but was just too weak to maintain her oxygen level at an acceptable level. Finally around midnight, the baby passed on.
The other baby girl is stable right now. She has an IV, oxygen and a feeding tube inserted at the moment. She is keeping her oxygen levels up to an acceptable level. If she starts to get tired, she will be started on CPAP to help her breath. She is about 28 weeks gestation so about 12 weeks early! It is very difficult with our limited services here in Haiti to keep a baby that premature alive.
Lisa did a wonderful job under a lot of stress. Please keep the this baby in your prayers and also say a prayer for Lisa that God will comfort her, give her courage and strength to deal with life in Haiti and limitations of our nursing possibilities with the limited resources at our fingertips.
We do our best...and God does the rest...
Posted on Wed, September 10, 2014
by Dixie Bickel