"For I, The Lord
your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help
It was a
terrifying opportunity that came to us today. |
A woman with
an infant arrived and wanted the baby to be seen by the eye doctor.
Glenn was in the operating room, so Dr. Jim Rowsey saw the baby.
Evidently the child had been born with it's eyelids turned the wrong side
out! Now Dr. Rowsey is an internationally known ophthalmologist and even HE
said," I've only seen this in the books!!" The woman
held the baby on her lap as Dr. Jim proceeded in 'reorganizing' the
baby's lids! Our translator had to leave the room! She could
not take it (even though she is one of our RNs that works in the operating
room!) I myself CERTAINLY did not watch, but saw the baby after he had
put the tiny little patches on his eyes.
Now is when I got
involved. The baby needed meds. Another doctor and I went to the
pharmacy to figure out what the dosage for such a little one would be.
This is when the doctor said that this baby was only a few days old!! She also
said that they needed a place to stay since they had traveled from an hour away
and Dr, Jim wanted to see them first thing in the morning. It would be
easy to put them into our off-ship hospitality center, but there is no medical
supervision there, so I decided to try to get them a bed in our hospital
ward. When I went to get the information from the translator for
the ward and they said, 'No that baby isn't even a whole day
old!!" Now it was certain that none of us wanted him anywhere but
in the hospital! I got it arranged, but when I got back, our Patient
Coordinator, Ans was there. We brought the medicine to the baby and she
gave it to him. In the course of talking to the patient, we then found
out that this baby was indeed only 3 HOURS OLD!! And SHE was NOT the
mother, but the grandmother! Ans insisted that they take the baby back to
where the mother was - in a hospital an hour away because the baby
needed to be nursed (since he had not eaten in 4 hours!) The
Grandmother agreed to bring the mother WITH the child tomorrow afternoon and we
would put them into our hospital until the baby's eyes healed. She
wrapped the "not quite black yet' newborn with skin that was
shedding like a snake's into a warm blanket and left.
'terrifying opportunity' to save this 'barely-born'
child's sight! But one that God seems to have blessed.
"Now may the
God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in BELIEVING that you may abound in
hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Rm.15:13
And Happy Mother's
In all hope,
Glenn and Kim