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Glenn and Kim

Did You Know?
Benin's life expectancy is 53, mostly due to high death rate in children under 5.
203 in 1000!


A Terrifying Opportunity
Isaiah 41:13

"For I, The Lord your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you'"
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.
What a '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 Day.
In all hope,
Glenn and Kim