Monday, January 21, 2013
Errands and BRESMA
It’ amazing how much a baby or toddler can grow within a few months. Barbarah and Nathalie are almost unrecognizable. The tiny, emaciated preemie that our nurse kept in her own bedroom is a smiley little chunker. I’m thrilled, because I really wasn’t sure she’d make it at all. Some of the kids remember me, and a few manage to call me by name rather than just ‘blan’. I enjoy pointing around the room to the many children who will be leaving within the next thirty days. There are fourteen in my caseload who are homeward bound! It’s always bittersweet for our nannies, who love the children in their care and miss them terribly.
We have a new baby with special needs. She was found abandoned, and I can see how a Haitian family might have despaired of raising this little one. She has minimal hands left, and only two little stubs for fingers. Her feet and legs are normal. I know I’ve seen this syndrome before, either online or on television… She may also be blind. She doesn’t seem to look at us. It’s hard to tell, as young as she is. I think she has plenty of potential for a fulfilling life in Europe or the United States, but her future in Haiti would not be promising. How fortunate for her that she won’t be staying permanently. Kudos to whomever it was that found her and brought her to IBESR.