From: “Brenda Lange” Subject: BLOG, Sept. 14, 2013
BABY RESCUE SAVES 4 LIVES
On Thursday, I received an urgent call from Nilza, our Children’s Director, who handles our weekly Baby Weigh In and Formula Program. Baby Sara, who I wrote about last week, was brought in with a fever and badly swollen legs (3rd spacing fluids due to a lack of protein for 3 weeks). (Don’t shoot de Bunny), but I still didn’t get a photo of her, cause she needed immediate medical attention. I packed up her aunt and uncle in my pick-up truck and took off for the hospital. Little Sara received medication to fight a respiratory infection, while the Aunt was given training on how to handle her fragile condition. (In the meantime, I was called back to my home for a 2nd emergency.)
Upon arrival back at my house, I found a family consisting of a mother with twins, accompanied by her crippled father (in an adult size tri-cycle), and her brother on his bicycle. The brother had pumped his sister and her twins on the back of his bicycle from the Rovuma village 3 miles (5km) away. (The husband had abandoned this young mother for a stronger woman who could have his babies.) Makes my Bunny blood boil! The mother basically has NO BLOOD (eye lids totally blanched white), is unable to walk, and thus her body isn’t producing Breast Milk for the twins. The twins (a boy and a girl) are now 6 weeks old and basically weigh the same as their birth weights of 5.5 lbs. each.
The Father speaks Portuguese, and told us his daughter was hospitalized in Balama in mid-August for the anemia and received 1 unit of blood. The babies were not given any milk formula, and have survived on only fruit drink since then. She was released from the hospital on Sept. 1st, but isn’t getting better. The family feared the babies would perish without help as both were sick with dysentery since they didn’t know the water should be boiled before giving it to the babies. Manel, our best driver, pulled up next to the mother in our Land Cruiser, and helped lift her into the back of the pick-up. The father’s wheelchair followed, as we held the babies. Off we went to the hospital with the entire family. With the Hospital Director’s help, we got the mother and both babies admitted. They would prepare the mother for another transfusion as soon as a blood donor could be located. (No cross matching is possible here, only blood typing, so they minimize transfusion reactions by using a relative’s blood.)
Two Days later: (today) The father rolled into our mission with a BIG SMILE on his face, and his tri-cycle loaded with 10 grass mats and 5 brooms he’d made from local reeds. I’d told him if he had any to sell, that I’d gladly buy them (I make a point to buy ALL locally made products we need from our handicapped citizens in the area.) He told us that his daughter was doing OK, and that his brother was coming in today especially to give her a unit of blood. The Father is THRILLED that the twins are making a fast recovery, and are full of energy after only 2 days of milk formula and treatment for dysentery.
These 3 babies as well as the women who care for them, will remain in our programs until the children are strong and eating well at 6–7 months of age.
It only takes $6/week ($24/month) to save the life of a baby under 3 months of age. We are able to keep baby formula and baby bottles in stock because YOU CARE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE GIFTS that help us save the lives of these innocent ones
“HAND IN HAND WITH THE LEAST OF THESE” is more than a motto with ORPHANS UNLIMITED. IT’S REALITY.
BUNNY VISITS ROVUMA CHURCH LAST SUNDAY- RESCUES 4 ORPHANS
I had a blast last Sunday, dancing and singing with GENONO, the oldest member of the Rovuma church. No one knows how old he is, but Genono has been blessed with THREE MIRACLE HEALINGS since we started the Rovuma church 5 years ago. Unable to walk 5 years ago, Genono listening to us teach on how Jesus heals the sick. Nothing shy about this man, as faith rose up in his heart, he asked Jesus to heal his legs and the man began to walk! Next we knew he was DANCING FOR JESUS! He’s had several serious sicknesses since, and Jesus healed them all!
So after church, Genono presented me with 2 beautifully made “pineras” that he’d made just for me. (Genono is holding them in the photo I took of him and his family in front of their new mud hut). Pastor Joaguim then presented Genono’s difficulty. A family member had died, leaving him with 4 orphans (3 girls 12, 9, 8 and a boy, 7), and he didn’t have food to feed them. Would I help, as he needed food that very day! Genono’s house had fallen down during this last rainy season, and the church members had rebuilt it for him. He invited me into his new hut, which contained only 1 locally made rope bed, a cooking pot and 2 water containers. NO clothes except what they were wearing, and NO FOOD at all. (Genono and his wife have received food assistance from us for over a year due to their inability to farm enough to feed themselves.) Their week’s food allotment had been eaten up in 3 days with the arrival of the orphans.
I told him to give me an hour and I’d be back with what they needed. I didn’t have everything they needed on hand, but was able to get an emergency package together. YOUR LOVE GIFTS PROVIDED THEM WITH: 3 grass mats and 3 blankets Cooking Pot as well as bowls and cups to eat from FOOD: A week’s worth of corn flour, beans, and salt for 6 people CLOTHES for the entire family
Genono received further assistance this week during our weekly food distribution. He and his new family will receive assistance until the children are grown thanks to YOUR LOVE.
It’s been a busy week with these rescues as well as the largest food handout we have – Kwe Kwe.
Keep us in your prayers as we will spend this next week giving out food in Meluco District (county). Our truck team will spend 4 days in 2 major parts of this huge county, giving out food to the 60 orphans in Revia (near the game park) as well as the 112 Elephant Village orphans.
GOD’S BLESSINGS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR LOVING GOD’S CHILDREN IN MOZAMBIQUE. TOGETHER WE ARE SPREADING JESUS’ LOVE TO THE MULTITUDES!
LOVE AND HUGS,
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA AND THE BALAMA TEAM