This 11 month old child was brought in today by his grandpa. He had a story that the mother of the child left the child on his porch when it was 2 months old. The father of the child, his son, is in the Dominican Republic. I admitted the child because he was having fever, vomiting and blood in his stool. He needed some meds and an IV. About 2 hours later the mother and grandmother show up. They have a different story than the grandpa. It was sad both sides were blaming each other and not really accomplishing much with all the disagreements. I finally told them they should pray that he lives and stop worrying about who fault it was. He is doing fair this evening. Diar and fever are big here. Those two things combined kill lots of kids. It is not something to play around with.
This is Jn Renold. He is 26 months old and weighs 16.8 pounds. He is suffering from Kwashiorkor. His step-mother brought him to the clinic on Tues. His mother died when he was 2 months old. His dad now has a new wife. She does not want to take care of him. She took Jn Renold to her new husbands mother. She has been taking care of him for over a year. I asked how long he has had his red fussy hair. She said since he was a baby. This is the second time he has had Kwashiorkor. In filling out papers and talking to the step-mom I learned that he has had 5 other sibling that have died. There are 3 others that are living. When I asked her what the 5 children died of she said they all died from Kwashiorkor. I asked her if she knew that he had a higher chance on dying than living. She said yes.
His little feet as so swollen and he is either screaming in pain or staring out into space like in the picture above.
This is Dieudson. He is 24 months old and weighs 16 pounds. He is in the beginning stages of kwashiorkor. His dad died several months ago. His mother is ill and is finding it difficult to find food for herself and the kids.
James has been in the RC since Feb of 2008. He had kwashiorkor and weighed 13 pounds.
His mother came faithfully each week to visit him. He is going home today at 19 pounds.
This is Tinor. He is 10 years old and weighed 43 pounds in April, when he was admitted into the RC. His lowest weigh was 40 pounds.
Going home this week at 49 pounds.
Remember Rose-manie and Rose-Marie?
Here they are at 10.8 and 11 pounds.
Will you pray for Enoch for me? He has headache and fever 104 since last night. I think in the 13 years that I have know him he has been sick maybe one other time. Malaria test is negative.