|Teresa and Jared.|
I don’t often get to meet the mother or father of a child that we get as most of our babies are abandoned, but when I do it is usually a heartbreaking meeting, for me. But typical of others, this young mother had no tears and quickly ran away after the child had been placed in my arms. Her relief was visible and she was “free”. I always have a firm conversation about abstinence and/or safe sex when I meet young people at the Social Welfare office. But when a young girl is forced to have sex for food it is a hard, and maybe uncaring conversation to have.
|Nomsa addressed the crowd.|
At the end of the speeches, ribbon cutting and a million photos, I was chatting with Teresa who was holding the new little baby when he suddenly started to have seizures. We thought we saw seizures the night before when he first arrived, but then they passed. These definitely were getting worse so we quickly took our first patient in to the new clinic and called ALL the Doctors who were in attendance to help. With the best medical minds together it was quickly determined that we must rush him to the hospital because he likely had Sepsis or Meningitis…not the way we wanted to end the special day, but thankful that the right people were there at the right time. In addition to the medical team, the Social Welfare officer who asked us to take the child was there and gave permission for us to seek immediate medical treatment for the baby. This is an important factor in case the child passed away in our temporary care.
The party ended, the tents were taken down and Ian and I drove the baby to the hospital. The baby is there still today receiving broad spectrum antibiotics through an IV. He joins our boy Levi who has been in hospital for the past few weeks being treated for burns he received from an accident with hot water. He had three small skin grafts this week and hopefully will come home next week.