|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: MAY 15, 2021
BABY OLIVIO DEPARTS SUDDENLY
Last Sunday night, baby Olivio ate his supper, then slept soundly till midnight when he spiked a high fever. Vaneza called me, and we raced him to the hospital. He was comatose by 3 a.m. and joined hands with Jesus at 4 a.m.
Reason: Sudden death due to Cerebral Malaria
When the malaria larvae mature, they can clog the vessels in the brain. A person spikes a high fever becoming comatose in a few hours. Most do not respond to IV treatment and pass away very quickly.
It only takes 1 mosquito bite to inject the malaria larvae into the bloodstream. Ten to 14 days later the first symptoms appear.
Under normal circumstances, a 3 day course of anti-malarial meds is all it takes to eradicate it. If it goes cerebral, it can be deadly in hours. The younger a patient, the faster it kills.
Foster Mother, Vaneza, holding Maizinha with Baby Olivio on her back.
We miss Olivio dearly, with Vaneza missing him most of all. PLZ PRAY FOR VANEZA to have peace over this. Losing 2 infants in such a short time has been devastating to her, especially since it happened so unexpectedly with Olivio.
HARVEST TIME HAS OUR TEENS WORKING HARD.
Our teenagers were given 3 small fields to plant and care for, as every young adult would naturally be given this responsibility if they were living at home. With each student having “in person” classes only twice a week, these young adults have plenty of time to harvest their crops.
A few of our teens harvesting their Juco Beans.
Construction Intern, Alferes, is hard at work learning the difficult task of plastering a wall with cement under the supervision of a master bricklayer. Learning by “doing” makes the info “stick better” in one’s brain.
See him at work, here —> https://youtu.be/ggulfQqHLUA
Alferes learning how difficult it is to plaster a wall with cement
Helder is deep in his studies at his teacher’s college just 60km/32 miles up the road in Montepuez. All seems to be going well as he only called us once this week. He seems to be settling in very well.
THE FRUITS OF YOUR LOVE GIFTS ARE COMING FORTH AS OUR YOUTH BEGIN TO BLOSSOM INTO RESPONSIBLE YOUNG ADULTS. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF