Following on from the success of our partnership with Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in providing the medical director of THHT’s work in Haiti with pediatric rehabilitation training, in the last few weeks THHT have also funded some urgent repairs for the neo-natal unit in Haiti.
Last month the neo-natal unit reach full capacity at some points, and even in the last few days has had as many as 7 babies at one time receiving specialist care. One of these babies is now almost ready for discharge, having fought for her life since June/July where she was bought to the hospital weighing only 2lbs (as seen on the right*.)
Despite being critically ill and requiring hourly care 24/7 within intensive monitoring, this beautiful ones survival is a clear example of the difference being made on the ground in Haiti (pictured left*.) The two local government facilities near where we work have limited capacity to help such cases, with no working incubators and a lack of other equipment and materials.
THHT feels privileged to support this work. The repairs we’ve funded for two pieces of equipment will provide some critical assistance for the unit, and help the staff continue saving lives. Beyond this initial contribution, we are committed to continuing our fundraising efforts to support this program in 2013 and are actively looking for individuals, churches, corporate companies or foundations who may wish to contribute to the operational costs in the coming years.
If you’d like to find out more about this program please contact us. You can also read a moving account of two recent babies from the unit in one of our partner organization blogs: Two Babies, One Response
*Photos provided by HHA