It was another sad story. The baby was born on the 15th, just before the elections. We figured out it was February. She gave birth on her own, she never went for pre-natal check up, she never went for immunisations. She never went to the health centre. The mother felt sickly and she had hardly breast feeding. There were two other children at home, one child was with family and four children had died. We talked and talked, the mother was more talking about her own aches and pains then about her baby. Together with the mother and the staff from the NGO, we decided hat we would take the baby in. Then the next problem, there was no name yet... The name of the boyfriend of the mother was given. Joseph, he is 7 weeks old and he weighs only 2 kg. He is very frail, but you could see that he is older, because the way he looks at you. He is beautiful!!! I already fell in love with those beatiful eyes!!
We took him directly to the doctor and also for testing. Sadly he was positive on the HIV anti bodies. We will go tomorrow for immunisation and DNA test, to see if the antibodies mean that he is HIV+ or that they are the anti bodies of his mother.
On this picture you can see the two boys who are both born on the same day: 15/02/2011.
Left Robert, he weighs 4,5 kg and at the right Joseph, weighing only 2 kg. We will have a lot of work to do!!!! I hope to repeat this picture in two months or so!!!! With a better balance of the two!
Oh Els, wat een verschil inderdaad...ReplyDelete
Maar net als jij ben ik erg onder de indruk van zijn enorme prachtige ogen! Je zou em de hele dag knuffelen ;-) Ik hoop dat kleine Joseph goed zal gaan groeien, en dat het ook met de moeder beter zal gaan.
P.s: wil je Immaculate een knuffel van me geven? ;-)
Joseph IS beautiful. The way he looks at you is so engaging-- he is happy. I will be praying for Joseph.ReplyDelete