|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: August 5, 2023
BABY JUMAIDA IN HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INFECTION
Baby Jumaida in the hospital
Baby Jumaida, now 6 weeks old, has had a very rough start to life. First, coming from a mentally challenged mother who rejected her and would have killed her if the grandmother had not whisked her away and taken her to Social Services for help. Secondly, suffering through a week with the elderly grandmother who tried, but was not able to care for her. Then finally coming to live with us when just 10 days old.
When Jumaida was received, she had small sores all around her scalp, but an oral antibiotic and good hygiene cleared it up with a 7‑day treatment. Just after her 30th day of life, Jumaida developed a new abscess on the back of her head that did not respond to 2 different kinds of oral antibiotics. When she spiked a high fever on Tuesday, August 1st, followed by a hard swelling at the base of her neck, the Balama Doctor put her into the hospital for IV antibiotic treatment. She is showing a slow response to treatments so far.
PLEASE PRAY FOR JUMAIDA, as she needs a miracle to pull out of this. Remember that she had no Colostrum milk from her mother, and that has greatly decreased her resistance to disease. Will update next week, as her story progresses.
FOUR DAY SEMINAR ON CHILD CARE…
Child Care Class Attendees
…has kept us hopping this week! With our staff and 7 principal mothers in the conference, it has been a whirlwind of activity this week for me to keep our orphanage operating smoothly. The materials used to teach our principal mothers (flip charts, exercise books, etc.) will be left behind by Guilherme and Alifo, the 2 Social Service Instructors who gave the course. We will then hold small group teaching programs for the other mothers who had to stay at home to care for our 25 infants and 30 other children in residence. With so many new mothers, this Child Care Seminar was a must to assure the best care is given to all our children.
Child Care Seminar was a great success!
BABY ORLENCIA, 5 MONTHS, NOW SITTING!
Orlencia with Foster Mother Gilda sitting close by
Orlencia is the 2nd youngest infant in our care. (Jumaida at 6 weeks is our youngest.) I was totally surprised last week when I visited the 2 infant homes at noon to find Orlencia SITTING UP INDEPENDENTLY outside on her play mat. Those big eyes are beyond words, as she tries to take in all the new sights around her.
YOUR LOVE AND PRAYERS ARE SO MUCH APPRECIATED! THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS LIFE-SAVING PROGRAM A HUGE SUCCESS!
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF