Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The twin boys were discharged to go home yesterday.  They are still small - 1.5 and 1.6 kg (3 lb, 5 oz and 3 lb, 8 oz)  but are doing well.  They are both breastfeeding now.

We would have liked to keep them at the hospital for awhile longer but due to home issues, their momma had to get back to the house.  Hospitals here don't keep babies without their mom or another family member.  Since they could both breastfeed effectively, we decided sending them home was the best option for the family.  There are uncountable obstacles to good healthcare here, but we do the best with the situations that we are given to work with.  For now, they will be coming every Tuesday and Friday for weight and health checks.

Please continue to keep them in your prayers and thoughts as they still have a journey ahead to grow bigger and stronger.

Here are a few pics of them a couple days before they went home!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Identical Twin Boys!

We had identical twin boys born prematurely 2 days ago.  Unfortunately, this seems to be a season of premature babies.  Baby #1 weighs 1.3kg (2 pounds, 13 ounces) and baby #2 weighs 1.5kg (3 pounds, 4 ounces).

They are both staying at the clinic with their mom until they are stronger.  The smaller one doesn't suck very well at all but the larger one is a bit stronger.  Both are being fed by tube for now and suckle at the breast when they are awake/alert.  Their mom is doing a great job taking care of these sweet boys!  They don't have names yet but their family will give them names in the next week or so. It's typical here to wait a week before naming a baby, but especially if the baby is very tiny.  

Please pray with us for the growth and health for the little guys!  

Maternal and Infant Care Matter.....

Baby Kayla went home today!!! She is 5 pounds, 1 ounce and will come back to the clinic every Friday for weight checks.  Her mom was beaming all morning!!! 5 weeks ago, she was home with a tiny baby who couldn't suck and thinking that her baby was going to die.  Today she is home with her growing, healthy baby with hope for the future.  She is a stronger, wiser and more confident mom.  I am proud of her and thankful to God.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Doubled Weight! :)

Baby Kayla Boi is now 5 pounds!  Yes, I have a new namesake :)  Boi is the local name meaning "first daughter".  She has doubled her weight as she was 2 1/2 pounds when she came to the clinic 5 weeks ago.  She is doing well at breastfeeding now and her feeding tube was taken out yesterday.  We will continue to monitor her for a few days at the clinic to make sure she continues to gain weight without tube feedings.  We want to make sure she is strong with enough energy to breastfeed the amount she needs to continue growing!

God willing, this brave momma will be taking her sweet baby home in the next few days and she couldn't be happier about it!  :)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Preemie Baby....GROWING!

I have been taking care of a premature baby girl for the past month.  It has taken a lot of time and energy, but it’s always worth it when you start seeing the baby gaining weight, becoming more active and the cheeks become chubby!  
Her teenage mom brought her to the clinic to get her vaccines at a week old.  When I was preparing to give her the vaccine, I noticed how small she was and started asking questions.  She was born at the hospital, weighing 2 1/2 pounds.  They discharged her the same day she was born.  WHY WHY WHY???  This happens often in Sierra Leone and every time it’s quite infuriating.  I talked to the midwife and told her this baby needs admitted.  If they don't admit her, then I would care for her at home.  The midwife agreed to admit her if I took responsibility for her care.  

She has been at the hospital now for over 4 weeks and is doing well.  She is 5 weeks old 4 1/2 pounds now!  Her mom is amazing and takes very good care of her!  Her mom plans to attend her last year of high school after the baby is healthy and strong.   
They named her Kayla Boi.  She will likely be discharged to go home in the next week or two.  Thank God she has stayed healthy and is doing great!  

1 week old...2 1/2 pounds. 

Kayla Boi with her wonderful momma. 

2 weeks old. 

5 weeks....4 pounds.  

Doing good at 5 weeks old....4 pounds! 

Well Drilling and Clinic Pics!

The team for the water well was with us for two weeks.  They tried 5 different bore holes, only to meet hard impassable granite stone in each area.  There is at least one bore hole that looks promising. They got 7 feet of water but needs at least 10 feet.  There is another tool that they can use to try and pass the stone, however it's not recommended to use it until dry season. So as of now we will be waiting to continue the well drilling until March or April (middle of dry season).

This is unfortunate as it will delay the clinic opening, but we will remain steadfast and patient, trusting that things will get done in the right season and timing.  

The drilling team will be back in Bo trying again in March or April.  Will keep you updated!!  

In the mean time, here are a few pictures of the clinic so far!  We have most everything unpacked from the container and put away.  I am working on getting beds in December.  It's starting to actually look like a clinic now!  Praise God!  

Monday, October 5, 2015

Container Unloaded and Well Drilling Started!!!

The shipping container arrived in Sierra Leone beginning of September.  After weeks of processing papers and hassle, the container was released from the port on Friday, Sep 25!

Thank you to ALL who donated to get this container from Marshalltown, Iowa to BoTown, Sierra Leone!  We greatly appreciate your generosity.

Everything is now offloaded and delivered to where it needs to be.  All the supplies and equipment are now in the clinic building!  As soon as the well drilling is done, we will start the job to put up shelving and unpack all the supplies for the clinic.

The team from Freetown started drilling the well today!  They manually drill it so it's a lot of work!  It will take approximately a week to finish it.  Please pray that they will not run into hard rock, safety for the workers and good relationships to be built.  I praise God for all who donated to make this well drilling possible!!  I will make sure to post an update when it's finished!!