We lost another baby today…

Baby from Cazale Nov. 2010 -4Yesterday, I received a call from Real Hope for Haiti saying they had a 5 pound malnourished 3 month old whose mother was deceased and the grandmother had brought him for treatment.  They have cases of Cholera in Cazale and did not want to take him into their clinic.

We will call him Erick here.  Erick was so tiny.  He was smaller than some of our newborns that come in!   He had such a frightened look in his eyes.  This is not uncommon for babies that are severely malnourished.  I am sure that since mama died that the family could not purchase milk to give him.  His little face was swollen and his belly, but his arms and legs were very thin.

It was very difficult to get him to suck.  He wanted to suck but he could not swallow very well.  Susan was giving him a special formula thickened with rice cereal with a syringe. 

Susan and I discussed a care plan for Baby from Cazale Nov. 2010 -3Erick trying to get him to take fluids and also to swallow. This morning he was eating for Susan and all of a sudden he threw up his formula.  When he did this, he choked.  Immediately, Susan suctioned him but he had aspirated the formula.  He continued to vomit and we continued to resuscitate him.  His little heart stopped and we could not get his heart beat back. 

This is the third baby that we have had die in the last few weeks. It is very discouraging and I just wish that families would bring sick babies to clinics sooner for treatment so that they had a chance to live!

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Rori Hartzell wrote:
Oh Dixie, I can't imagine the sadness and grief that you all must feel. I know how much it touches my heart and how much I sit here and cry when I have not even met these suffering babies and their families. Please know we are praying for strength for you and your staff as you work so much to love and help these babies! So relieved to know he is not hungry, hurting, or sad as he is in Jesus' arms right now being loved and cared for in a way that is not possible on earth ! We will continue in our prayers for you, GLA, and all of Haiti !!!! ---Rori

Wed, November 17, 2010 @ 8:24 PM

2. Robin wrote:
God bless you all as you inister in these desparate circumstances. May He give you added strength as needed.

Wed, November 17, 2010 @ 9:10 PM

3. Kelly D < :) wrote:
(((((((((((DIXIE)))))))))))) Sorry for the loss. Praying for those who have sick little ones and esp you and Susan as you work with the precious little ones! Love ya!! KD <

Wed, November 17, 2010 @ 9:46 PM

4. Esther Primel wrote:
Please do not get discouraged. I am praying you have an Aaron and Hur supporting your hands as they did for Moses when the Israelites went into battle. I am so sorry for the loss of pieces of your heart as these little ones lose their battle with malnutrition and disease. For the last while, they felt the love of Christ in your care. (((hugs)))

Wed, November 17, 2010 @ 10:05 PM

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