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  • Twins

    Update: 13 August 2014
    Bertina and Valentina continue to do very well. Bertina had a bit of a cold but is over that. They both continue to gain weight, which is their jobs.

    Update: 2 August 2014
    So, the twins that I named Ellie and Nellie are actually named Bertina and Valentina. They both continue to do well; Bertina is staying with her mom full time while Faith is taking care of Valentina. Sharon will take a turn with Valentina next week if she still needs our help. She is eating and growing.

    31 July 2014
    We just got two premies who were born Monday. They are doing well. Ellie (left in the photo) weighs in at 3lb 15oz and Nellie, the lightweight, at 2 lb 10oz. They are healthy and mom is breastfeeding. We will keep our intervention to a minimum.

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  • Krisli

    Update: 27 September 2013
    Krisli went home with his family on September 20. He has returned for follow up visits and continues to gain weight and do well. We are continuing to provide supplemental formula.

    15 September 2013
    Here is current little one we are taking care of. He came to us on August 26 at 6 days old weighing 2 lbs 10 oz. He is eating very well and now weighs 3 lbs 13 oz. His name is Krisli. His mom is having some trouble with milk production but it seems to be getting better. She comes multiple times per day to nurse and spend time with him.

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  • Onisia, aka Sweetgirl

     

    Update: 4 Jul 2013
    Well, it has been a long road but Onisia has reached the weight for being able to go home. She weighed 4.625 lbs on Wednesday, July 3. She needed to be at least 4.5. The final photo below shows Onisia with her mom; she is in good hands.

    Update: 26 Jun 2013
    Onisia weighed 4 pounds 4 ounces today. She is with her mom full-time, staying on the hospital grounds. We really want her to weigh 4½ pounds before they go home so she has a reserve. She really doesn't look underweight in this picture though, does she? (see photo below)

    Update: 12 Jun 2013
    So, Onisia is one month old today. She weighs 3 pounds 13 ounces, meaning she has gained almost a pound (15 ounces) since she was born. Here she is with her mom and grandmother (see photos below). Of note is that it is difficult to get some Haitian folks to smile when there is a camera pointed at them. In the center top of the photo of them, you can just see a bit of a flamboyant tree; we have included a couple of it a bit closer up. The trees are stunning.

    Update: 11 Jun 2013
    Onisia continues to do well. She is spending the days with her mother here on the grounds. We hope that she will be able to be with her mom 24/7 starting later this week. We would like her to be 4 1/2 ponds at least before they go home. We will be weighing her again tomorrow, which is her 1 month birthday. (See "Faces of Onisia" photos below)

    Update: 1 Jun 2013
    Onisia has gained another 3 ounces this week, which puts her at 3 lbs. 6 oz. In addition, she no longer needs the feeding tube. She is progressing well.

    Update: 23 May 2013
    Onisia gained 3 ounces this week, she weighed in at 3 lbs. 1 oz. on Monday. She was not too sure that she wanted to get a bath today but got comfortable afterward in short order. She is getting stronger and taking more food with the bottle now and we anticipate perhaps being able to get rid of the feeding tube as early as next week.

    Update: 20 May 2013
    The premie baby who we have been calling Sweetgirl now has a real name: Onisia. Her mom and grandmother are very involved with her. Mom continues to bring a good amount of milk for her, which is great as we can give it to her now and she will be able to get adequate breast milk to thrive when she is able to nurse. Her ability to nurse looks like it is going to be a bit down the road as she remains weak in her ability to suck; otherwise, she is doing well and continues to get nutrition via a feeding tube.

    Update: 15 May 2013
    So Sweetgirl is still doing well. She is weak related to her premature delivery and having a hard time getting enough formula intake. The decision was made to place a feeding tube to ensure that she gets adequate nutrition.
    Sweetgirl's mom & grandmom came to visit her today. Mom is expressing milk for her and is anxious to breastfeed her.

    14 May 2013
    A new premie was brought to us this morning. "Sweetgirl" was born last night at home. When we received her she was cold and had not yet eaten. She weighed 2.9 lbs. After a visit to Dr Leandre, we began warming her the old fashioned way, with hot water bottles and blankets. She is eating a few cc's at a time.

    May2 was doing well enough to return to her mom. She is much stronger and has already been breast feeding part of the time. We will continue to monitor her closely.

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  • Roo, The Little Bitty Premie Baby

     

    Update: 28 May 2013
    Thank you all for your prayers. Roo just went to her rest in the hands of her Father. Rest well Roo, we will see you again one day.

    Update: 27 May 2013
    Please keep little Roo in your prayers as she has had some complications. Vomiting. Doc has started an IV and given her some medicine to help with the vomiting--and it does seem to have helped. He is treating it as an infection. He is an amazing doctor and has to make these calls all too often, though we lack advanced diagnostic testing ability; we trust his assessment and diagnostic skills. She remains stable and is getting limited nutrition via IV.

    Update: 26 May 2013
    The little bitty baby who came to stay with us yesterday continues to do well. She is getting 5cc of formula every hour and tolerating it well. Since she is over 30 hours old now we have decided to start calling her by name (her parents will decide on her permanent name later). Since she spend most of her first day of life (and the majority of it thus far) strapped in a pouch to Faith to keep her warm and have human contact, we will call her Roo (kanga-roo). Onisia continues to do well. We are so blessed to be a part of this rescue operation. Praise to God and kudos to Faith & Sharon.

    25 May 2013
    A little girl, 1 pound 14 ounces, was born at 3:00 AM today, Saturday, May 25. The midwife brought her to us at about 8 AM. Here (see photo #1 below) Mama Faith is warming her. Faith placed a feeding tube and started a few mls of nutrition. She seems to be about 27 weeks gestation. Incomplete lung development is a common complication in a little one that is this premature but so far she is breathing fine. We will have our hands full as Onisia (see next story below) is still doing well but needs to stay with us for at least another week. We thank God for allowing us to be a part of what He is doing here. Please pray for these little ones and for Faith and Sharon. We have never had a premie that weighed less than 2 lbs make it.

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  • New Premie Baby

    26 September 2012

    Update: We have sad news to share about the precious little premie baby we cared for. As you recall from previously, she was the daughter of one of our employees. She did great, ate and gained weight right from the start and went home with her parents after two weeks.

    She continued to do well with them, then after a week she developed a cold, which probably compromised her breathing, and caused her to aspirate milk into her lungs. She came back to us with a high fever and was started on IV antibiotics but died after two days. We are reminded about the fragility of life and the need to look to the life eternal when there will be no death, no loss, every tear wiped away.

    13 September 2012

    Here is a photo of Sharon with a premie baby that she and Faith have been caring for. She was born August 31, weighing 2lb 12oz. She is the daughter of one of our guards and his wife. She is doing very well and drinking up to 40cc at a time. She has gained 3 ounces already.

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  • Baby update: Angel & Julie

    15 August 2012

    Angel went home to be with her family today. Her twin, Julie, went home last week and Angel now weighs 3lb 9oz, which is less than we are usually willing to send a premie home but she is consistently eating 40-60cc and their mom has shown that she is willing and able to help her babies thrive. Their grandma, on the left in the photo below, is a dynamo and is a big help in making sure the twins stay healthy. We have an empty nest again, yay! It is always the goal to get the babies back with their families where they belong. We are just a band-aid.

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  • Twins, Angel & Julie

    6 August 2012

    The hospital continues to touch lives. We remain humbled and thankful to be a part of what God does here. We had a set of twins born prematurely, 2 pounds 12 ounces and 3 pounds 4 ounces. They are both doing very well. The bigger girl, Julie, is being cared for by her mom full time at the hospital after just a few days, while the smaller twin, Angel, will stay with us for a couple of weeks, with daily visits from her mom, until she is bigger and stronger.

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  • May and her family continue to thrive

    30 July 2012

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  • Hitting Her Stride

    2 July 2012

    May is really hitting her stride and gaining an ounce a day. May's mom comes every day to spend time with her and nurse her. May will be able to return to her mom and family soon. We can give her a bath in the sink now as she is big enough that she doesn't loose body heat as quickly. She is a cutie, we think. Praise God for His favor on this little one who is made in His image and likeness.

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  • Update on Baby May

    25 May 2012

    Baby May continues to make progress. She is eating more and more often. She is more alert and has been able to spend time with her mother, who expressed milk (which May prefers) because she is still too weak to breast feed.

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  • May

    22 May 2012

    We have a baby we are calling May, who was a twin, however her brother didn't make it. Born today at 3 lb 4 oz, May seems to be doing well enough for now. We will keep her until she is strong enough to return to her family.

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  • Baby update: Lina and Tamara

    21 February 2012

    Lina and Tamara Auguste came to visit us today. They started out at 3 lb 8 oz and 3 lb 10 oz in July 2010. They are now happy healthy 19 month olds. Jonise, their mom, brought me a gift of 10 eggs as a thank you but the biggest blessing was seeing them run around and play. Praise the Lord.
    - Faith

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  • Yet to be named

    6 December 2011

    Update: She now has a name, Chinayda. The photo of her getting a bath was taken shortly before she went home with her parents.

    3 November 2011

    Some of you have already heard about the little preemie we've been caring for this past month. We call her Ange or Missy or just sweet thing. Her parents haven't named her yet. She was born Sept 23 and we got her on the 24th. She weighed 2 lb 5.5 oz and was 29 weeks gestation. She's now up to 3 lb 12 oz and growing great. We're working with her mother to help her start taking over her care so she'll be ready to go home when she gets to 5 lb. We think that will be in about 3 more weeks.

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  • Benjamin

    April 2011

    The most recent infant we cared for was born March 15 weighing 3 lb 11 oz.  His family couldn't take care of him and asked for help.  His aunt asked if we would give him back when he was 6 months old. I was quick to assure her that his stay with us wouldn't last that long.  We've nicknamed him Benjamin.  He looked like a little old man – his skin was dry and baggy and full of wrinkles.  He'll be a big baby when he fills out his skin.  He went home after 2 weeks weighing 4 lb 10.5 oz. He's continued to improve and do well.
    - Faith

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