Saturday, 11 December 2010

Growing up

Over the past couple of months, the nursery has had quite a run of low birth weight babies.  It has been full to overflowing at times, with two or three sharing each bed.  Five of the babies were actually VERY low birth weight, which means that they weighed less than 1500 grams when they were born.  I am completely amazed by how well these little ones have done, every one of them!  We have celebrated parties for babies of Rosa, Dorothy, and Priscilla.  

Baby of Maria is one of our miracle stories.  She weighed about 1400 grams at birth.  At a few days of life, she stopped breathing.  Apnea is a common problem in premature babies.  The nursing staff bagged the baby of Maria on and off for 24 hours.  I was shocked when I came in the next morning and found that she was still alive and doing well.  It has been a long and very slow process... feedings and antibiotics and oxygen and more antibiotics.  Two months later, Maria finally got to take her baby home!  She was discharged on Friday.

This past week we threw a 2000 gram party for baby of Grace, another little miracle.  Unfortunately her mother was not there to celebrate.  She died from a complication of the delivery.  The nursery staff have so diligently looked after the baby, and she has done quite well.  A sister of the mother recently arrived at the hospital and she will be adopting her niece.
"Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good."
~ 1 Peter 2:2-3

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