Rose Mirlande

Rose Mirlande came to the clinic several weeks ago.  It was on a Sunday afternoon.  She was very, very sick that day.  She had a very high fever and was not responsive to anyone.  She was 7 years old ans weighed 35 pounds.   We took her into the clinic and Lori got an IV started.  We talked to the mother to try to figure out what was going on with her.  She had been sick for  2 months with a fever.  The family lived right here in the village and did not seek medical treatment with us or any other place.  We did what we could and gave every medicine we could think of to help her fight for her life.

She lived for 2 days.  She was in  a lot of pain and suffered.  Her family came and visited her on and off.  They did not want to stay with her.  They did not know how to comfort her.  When we knew she was getting worse we called for the mom and dad to come.  Lori was in town that day with many patients that were getting surgeries.  I called her to see if there was anything else we could do.  She talked to Dr. Jen who was there and they both agreed we were doing everything we could for her but that she was going to die.  It was sad.   The mom and dad did not know what to do.  We talked to them and told them without a miracle she would die soon.  They showed little emotion and said everything was in God’s hands.  She died that night around 2am.  Her parents left her with us in the clinic.  We gave her a bath and dressed her in a beautiful dress that came on the last container.  We sent to have a casket made.  The family went to a local church to prepare for a small service.  We sent and had a hole dug in the cemetary. She was buried that afternoon.  Her family continues with their life.  They have many other kids to care for, gardens to tend too, produce to sell.  Rose Mirlande died when help was less than a few minutes away.  I find it very hard to process all of this.  Why so many kids die.  Why so many suffer.  Why so many are not loved.  It is hard for me to see it day after day, month after month, and year after year.  I wish that Rose Mirlande would have lived.  But she didn’t.

7 Responses to Rose Mirlande

  1. Ronnie says:

    This story was heartbreaking. I pray you ladies can continue doing God’s work in Cazale and that more people will think to come to you before it’s too late. May Rose Mirlande rest in peace.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Such a sad story but it’s people like you who are there to try and save children and people like Rose Mirlande. I so wish they would have brought her to you sooner. I hope that you are able to stay strong and not get down and lose hope about the children you cannot save. I am sure it is not easy. I have never experienced what you have, but I wanted to let you know that I was very touched by your story. Our family will pray for you and your family.

  3. Bekki says:

    How can anyone IN Cazale be unaware of your ability to help? It is sad that a child was so – disposable. Truly sad.

  4. Dee says:

    It is why you do what you do. Why we do what we do. Why God puts us together.

  5. Jacki Lacher says:

    Thank you for so faithfully putting your hands and heart to what God has called you to do in Haiti. Your honest and candid posts on this blog both bless and challenge me but most of all call me to interceed for you and those you care for. You and Lori and your families are prayed for here. Press on “Good and faithful servant”!

  6. Amy says:

    I’m so sorry you have to see such pain every day…I wish there was more I could do.

    ~Amy in WI

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