Has it really been 4 days since I last posted. I have been busy here, really busy. There are lots of exciting things happening here at RHFH. We have admitted several kids in the past few weeks. I wanted to share a story with you about little Joseline. Each person that passes through our doors has a story, most are not happy, most are sad. Haiti is a interesting place to live at times. I am never sure what will be coming to our gate each day. But I am thankful that we are able to be here for those that need some extra help. We love Haiti, we love the people and we count it a privilege to be able to share these stories and the lives of the people here with you.
This is Joseline and her mom. Joseline was born in Feb 09. She will be 3 months old in a few days. Her mother lost her mom and dad when she was younger. She met the father about a year ago. The father was killed in a terrible car accident at the beginning of the year. That left the mom with no one. She was ready to deliver the baby and she was mourning the lost of her husband.
She said she tried to breastfeed her but her body was not producing enough milk. Also here in our area many think there breast milk is bad is they are going through a hardship or difficult time and will make the child sick if they give it to them. So since Joseline was born she has been feeding her crushed up cracker mixed with water. She is a very sick baby. The mom is sick as well. She has lost a lot of weight and with everything going on in her life is just not well. She was admitted into the RC on Tuesday. Babies with kwashiorkor do not have a high sucess rate of living and recovering from it.
Here is what the textbooks say about Kwashiorkor
Kwashiorkor:Kwashiorkor is the medical name for malnutrition.When the child is weaned, if the diet that replaces the milk is high in starches and carbohydrates, and deficient in protein (as is common in parts of the world where the bulk of the diet consists of starchy vegetables, or where famine has struck), the child may develop kwashiorkor
Protein malnutrition.Proteins function in the blood to help keep blood from leaking out of the blood vessels into body tissues and cavities. When blood proteins are very low serum seeps in to the soft tissues and the abdominal cavities causing diffuse body swelling or edema, and abdominal bloating or ascites
- Changes in skin pigment
- Coma (late stage)
- Decreased muscle mass
- Failure to gain weight and grow
- Hair changes (change in color or texture)
- Increased and more severe infections due to damaged immune system
- Large belly that sticks out (protrudes)
- Lethargy or apathy
- Loss of muscle mass
- Rash (dermatitis)
- Shock (late stage)
- Swelling (edema)
Licia defination: The child is dying from the inside out from lack of food and protien. It is a very painful and terrible death. When they are very bad there body begins to shut down and die.
This is Ogeste. He is 3 1/2 years old and weighs 22 pounds. He is suffering with Kwashiorkor. He also has a stomachache, fever and a cold. This is his third time with Kwashiorkor.
This is Medeline. She is 23 months old and weighs 15 pounds. She has 7 siblings. She has been swollen with Kwashiorkor for several months.
This is Mackenia. She is 13 months and weighs 14 pounds. She is a only child. She has kwashiorkor, fever and does not want to eat.
I posted pictures on Enoch a few weeks ago. He is doing fair. All of his swelling is going down. All he does is eat and sleep and its hard for him to walk.
Look how small his arms are after losing his “water weight” He lost a total of 6 pounds of water.
This is Wandy. He is 30 months old and weighs 13 pounds. That is bad. He has had 2 other siblings die of kwashiorkor in the past two years. He has 5 living siblings.
eSTNEL, 5 days old and 5 pounds, came into the clinic last week. HIS mother died so they were feeding it the same as Joseline smashed up crackers and water. He was severely dehydrated and very sick. It died the same day.
Guivolida has not been doing well for the past few days. We started and IV on Monday. She has a long road ahead of her and even then she will never walk and most likely never even sit up. Will you pray?
We are still need to get 30 pallets sponsored for the next trailer coming at the end of May. There will be lots of medication and supplies that have brought at reduced prices to ship here. This container will save us thousands on dollars in purchasing and shipping cost to keep RHFH running each month.
We are still in need of $1350 to cover the cost of the breast cancer treatement for Emila. This is a urgent need right now.