This week we once again faced the heartbreaking reality that not every baby can be saved here at GLA. Baby L joined our NICU weighing 1lb 13oz. He was born at 25 weeks gestation and was a perfectly, beautiful baby boy.
Baby W joined us one week after Baby L, weighing 1lb 13oz. He too was born at 25 weeks gestation and was a strong little fighter.
Both Baby L and Baby W went into respiratory failure and were unable to effectively transport oxygen and carbon dioxide in their little bodies. Surfactant is a natural product composed of lipids and proteins and is produced in a fetus’ lungs between the 24th and 28th week. It gives them the ability to keep their alveoli from collapsing and transport oxygen effectively. Babies born before this gestation struggle greatly to self-ventilate and require a large amount of breathing support and medications.
Baby L passed away at 8pm on Sunday 1st September and Baby W passed away at 11:30pm on Monday 2nd September. Both babies were held by their grieving mothers, as we sat alongside singing, praying and reminding them that their precious baby is now in the arms of Jesus.
Whilst the death of each and every baby is hard, the death of the tiniest babies adds a little extra heartache. We know that their chances from day one are very limited as a result of the country they are born into and simple access to medication and resources. However, we will fight.
One thing we try to keep focus on is the great privilege it is to end life well. Every time a baby comes to GLA, the nursing staff and I talk with their parents and assure them that we will do everything we can to help their little one, but they need to be prepared that their baby is very small and very sick. We take great pride in knowing that after we have done all we can, we get the gut-wrenching, but great joy in holding the hands of these little ones as they meet the face of their Creator.
Ansanm an nou bati kay seyè a; Together we build the Lord’s house
Specific prayer points for this week:
– Pray for immense comfort and peace for the parents of Baby L and Baby W.
– Pray for our nursing staff as they process the grief of losing these little ones.