Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Updates

Baby Di is doing great! She is now 25 lbs and has gained 10 lbs since she arrived in the US. Her wonderful doctor is planning on three more months of follow up care and then Baby Di will return to her family in Haiti.

Miss Lena arrived in the US under 5 lbs and was severely underweight. She is now over 10lbs and will be having her first surgery (cleft lip repair) in about a week. Check back for "after surgery" pictures coming soon! This will be the first of two surgeries for Lena. (She will have a cleft palate repair in a few months.)

Because of your kindness and donations, and a donation of cleft bottles from Mead-Johnson, we have 244 cleft bottles to distribute to clinics and missionaries. If you know somewhere that needs some, feel free to email us. We are working on some "handouts" to explain to parents about how to use the bottles and the care needed for an infant with a cleft lip/palate, then we will start the distribution!
Way to go team!!

Beautiful Martine had pnuemonia and had to spend a couple unexpected nights in the hospital. We are so grateful to her host family for being there with her during this unplanned hospital stay! She is doing much better now and will be having her heart surgery in July.

Jean Alex continues to be "on the mend". Here he is shown with his host dad as well as his local family doctor Dr. Thompson (PHOTO CREDIT: DG from BH). Did you know that as well as securing life saving surgical care for the children we help, we also arrange for a local doctor to donate their services providing well care and immunizations.

And last but not least: Beautiful Helande! Helande came for surgery for an encephalocele last summer. She has been thriving and doing amazing things since she returned to her family last fall. It is such a blessing to recieve and share pictures of children who will always be so near and dear to us!

We have SEVERAL children who are almost ready to travel and several children who we are still trying to secure charity care for. Please pray for all of these children and that we are able to help them.