|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA”
DATE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
TWO BABIES SAVED BY YOUR LOVE
Each Thursday is food give out for the orphans who live near our mission station. Weighing the babies who receive milk formula is mandatory.
Baby Ahselmina’s (Ah-sel-meen-ah) is 6 months old, and very malnourished even though she has been in our program for 90 days. Her poor weight gain the last 3 weeks, as well as her weight loss this week set off RED FLAGS. Anna, our Children’s Director, brought it to my attention. This baby’s mother is very slow mentally, and it was obvious she was not properly feeding the baby.
An immediate medical consult was arranged with the Balama doctor and Social Services, who interviewed Ahselmina’s mother.
Social Services convinced her to let us raise her baby, and documents were written up that placed her in our care, for there was no other family to help her.
This little girl’s name is such a mouthful, that we quickly nicknamed her “ADDY”, (initials of her full name). After 1 day in our care, Addy was smiling and grabbing everything in her reach. Her hand strength is amazing for such a tiny, malnourished body!
URGENT CALL REQUESTING A 2ND INFANT RESCUE
We had just gotten Addy settled with her new family, when another call came through from Social Services. “Please return to the hospital and bring formula, as a 3 DAY OLD GIRL was just brought in who has had NOTHING to drink since birth.” I put it in high gear, grabbing baby formula and a bottle before racing off to the hospital with Children’s Director, Anna.
Three day old Victoria, weighing barely 2 kg (4 lbs.) was dehydrated, weak, and ready to give up living. Her veins had collapsed, so her only hope was oral feeding. Being an X-NICU nurse, I knew if she was too weak to suck, we would most likely lose her.
Saying a silent prayer, I squeezed drops of milk into her mouth. Once the taste hit her tongue, she began a weak sucking motion. Placing the bottle’s nipple in her mouth, she began to suck with lots of coaxing, slowly drinking 30 ml (1 oz.) before fatigue won out. That was enough for the moment. It was obvious hourly feedings were necessary until Victoria gained some strength.
The team packaged her up, taking her to her new home and into the arms of our best foster mother. After 48 hours with lots of tender loving care, Victoria is showing improved strength and now opens her eyes to look around when fed.
Baby Victoria’s father, elderly aunt and uncle told us her story once she was settled at our mission station. Victoria’s mother had died 3 days prior while giving birth in their village. The father is now overwhelmed with 4 other children at home, the oldest 14 and the youngest, 3. The elderly aunt wanted to care for the infant, but she was unable to comprehend how to mix the baby’s milk formula. Social Services and the Father agreed that Victoria should live with us until she was at least walking. The Father stated that the family would visit her often.
As promised, the Father returned the next day to complete Victoria’s birth certificate. It was obvious they truly love little Victoria. Thanks to YOUR HELP, our staff can meet the infants needs until she grows into a toddler.
WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT WE COULD HELP, AND EXPLAINED TO THE FAMILY THAT THE ARMS OF JESUS ARE ALWAYS OPEN. I could tell they were truly touched by our compassion.
BUSH BUNNY TIDBIT:
Jesus gave me a heart for orphans at age 14. He knew that to RESCUE ANYONE IN NEED was my passion. As a 4th grader, I would walk many groups of little kids home from primary school so the bullies would not torment them.
Calling me to the remote children in northern Mozambique allows me to use all my “JESUS GIFTS” to the best of my ability.
I couldn’t be happier.
THANKS TO YOUR MONTHLY LOVE GIFTS, OUR TEAM OF CHILD LOVING FOSTER MOTHERS CAN DO WHAT THEY DO BEST: SHOWER ALL THEIR LITTLE ONES WITH LOVE
BLESSINGS FROM MOZAMBIQUE, AFRICA,
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF