This specific is usually Mama M holding Baby M. This specific is usually a miracle in process. Whose outcome we do not yet see. however 11 days ago, Scott decided which M (the mama) was going to die unless she was delivered of her preterm pregnancy. She had severe pre-ecclampsia, a complication of pregnancy which is usually more common in Africa (and also also also in African-descended Americans too), characterized by high blood pressure, swelling in hands and also also also feet and also also also face, kidney injury, bleeding, headaches, etc. So he took her in for an emergency C-section and also also also removed M (the baby) who was 2 months early and also also also weighed a kilo (2 pounds) and also also also became available in severe respiratory distress and also also also every complication from the book. She’s had pneumonia, very abnormal blood tests, petechiae (bleeding from the skin), bacterial and also also also fungal infections, and also also also a gut infection known as necrotizing enterocolitis. In her 11 days of life up to today, she has never been stable enough to even feed. Which kind of works out, because her mom was so sick she got transferred to a regional hospital, leaving the baby behind whom none of us (me included) anticipated to live This specific long. This specific baby’s premature delivery and also also also unusually critical course we thought was the sad however inevitable cost of her mother’s survival. however day by day we look at baby M and also also also say, she’s still fighting so let’s fight for her. Tuesday we called the OB team and also also also said, if the mom is usually stable, can we bring her back to Naivasha to start trying to make some milk to put from the tube because of This specific infant? She arrived back yesterday evening, and also also also there she was This specific morning. Very much not dead. Very much ready to start caring for her baby.
Most of me acknowledges which baby M still incorporates a slim chance of survival. She’s on our three strongest antibiotics and also also also an IV anti-fungal. She just came off the extra breathing/oxygen help of CPAP. She is usually tiny and also also also vulnerable and also also also has been starving.
however I can’t help however desire. This specific is usually one spunky baby. This specific is usually one survivor of a mom.
and also also also This specific is usually one crazy day, a day of possibility and also also also courage. Scott’s team started out the day with one of their first ever audits, a review of processes in a case where a baby’s delayed C-section ended in his death. which would likely be easy to blame, or despair, however instead the team problem-solved the lack of surgical drape sets and also also also arranged for more. Progress. After rounds I had the somewhat unusual privilege of a morning with the East Africa Women’s League Naivasha branch, charming survivors themselves, with memories of pre-independence countries, steam boats and also also also farms, and also also also I got to tell them about the realities of medical care in Kenya today and also also also share some testimony of why which’s worth working for and also also also how we survive and also also also how faith impacts us. Mid day I got off the phone wanting to cheer for one of our team leaders who had just spent two hours meeting with someone in a very sticky situation, and also also also shown such wisdom and also also also grace, she was amazing. from the evening we cheered for another team leader who had spent the day in an 8 hour cross-cultural and also also also contentious meeting, doing the right thing at high cost. Then on to worship leading rehearsal for our church, singing about grace. So many little ways which the universe clicked towards truth today.
Join us in praying for the M’s, mom and also also also baby, to be living miracles, testimonies of grace from the flesh.