Hi! My name is Andre Jean. My dad carried me down the mountain on a two-hour hike almost two weeks ago to the clinic. I was very sick. I could not sit up and my whole body was swollen with kwashiorkor. I heard the nurses talking to my dad about how sick I was and that I needed to stay in the rescue center for a while. I was a little scared to stay without my family but they told me they would come visit me often.
Since I could not sit up they put me in a bed. The first few days I just slept most of the time. Those gals, Lori, Licia and Anna helped me out. They brought me lots of extra meat. I think they thought I was extra special because they would sneak the extra meat in so the other kids would not see me getting more than they did 🙂 They sat and fed me and they loved me. I began to feel stronger.
Last Sunday (25th) they began feeding me medika mamba. I had a big bowl to eat everyday. It was hard at first but each day I began to get stronger and feel better. When I first came I could not walk. After I began eating the mamba I had to pee a lot. They told me this was good. I would feel better once I got some of the water off my body.
Today makes 9 days that I have been eating the medika mamba. Every Saturday we get weighted to see how we are doing. Guess what I lost 6.5 pounds of water. I feel wonderful now! I feel like a little boy again. Today I went outside and played with the other boys and I rode a bike. It was so fun!
Licia came and told me today that she was so happy that I was feeling better. She says kids like me give her hope and strength to keep going. She told me a story of a lady that ran for a long time to raise funds to buy the mamba and then she told me about a lot of you that helped make this program possible by donating funds. I am so thankful to everyone. I am going to try very hard to eat well and gain weight this week.
We have a proverb here in Haiti it says Anpil Men Chay pa Lou meaning Many hands makes the burden (load) light. I want to thank each of you for all coming together to save my life. I am a miracle!