Baby Sozinho, weighs only 7 lbs (3.2 kg) at his SIX MONTH mark this week!
His young teenage mother developed mastitis 4 months ago, and Social Services sent them to receive life-saving baby formula from us.
Sozinho weighed only 3kg (6.6 lbs) at 2 months, but with his mother’s lack of breast milk, poor infant growth is typical.
I noticed 3 weeks ago that he was very slow to gain weight on our 21% protein HYPO CEREAL, especially formulated for malnourished babies.
Since he showed a good weight gain his first month, I immediately suspected the mother wasn’t feeding him, so she was counciled.
He presented 2 weeks ago IN SERIOUS CONDITION with a respiratory infection, had lost 0.5 POUNDS (250 gms) weight, and needed immediate medical attention. I immediately took mother and baby to the hospital.
The Emergency Room staff gave him immediate treatment and would admit him to Pediatrics.
But after I left, Sozinho’s mother ran away with the him, refusing treatment.
Not knowing where she lived, we had little hope of finding her. I prayed for that little one, for only Jesus could save him now.
PTL for Jesus heard our plea!
Sozinho survived the last 7 days despite poor feeding and a respiratory infection!
This very young mother was obviously unconcerned for Baby Sozinho’s health, so when she walked in on June 11th, Capena and I took her immediately to meet with Social Services at the hospital. Social Services had to force her to give up Sozinho, who was immediately started on life saving antibiotics in the Emergency Room, and then Admitted under the care of 2 of our best foster mothers.
The Social Services Director and Capena then escorted the mother to her village to meet with her family and request custody of the baby for up to a year.
The family was VERY EAGER to comply, as they agreed this young 15 year old was not taking proper care of the infant.
Documents will be written up this week so that Sozinho remains in our care until he is a strong toddler.
The hospital doesn’t allow photos, but I will show you his CUTE LITTLE FACE with those BIG BLACK EYES as soon as he is released this coming week.
When I visited him this morning, all I could see were those 2 BIG BLACK EYES staring out from his hooded jersey.
WE ARE IN WINTER with 55 degrees our normal sunrise temperature INSIDE OUR HOUSES!
No heat exists in our homes or in the hospital, so everyone has to dress warm.
Baby Sozinho’s body may be emaciated, but his mind is sharp, for he misses nothing going on around him.
Our 2 foster mothers say he is an easy keeper as long as he is fed when he asks.
Babies who have been starved eat small amounts (less than 2 ounces/60ml) very frequently, and PANIC if not fed quickly.
CRYING uses up calories at a fast rate, so our mothers are under orders to NOT let him cry. Feed him without delay.
26 BABIES ARE IN OUR FORMULA PROGRAM AT PRESENT, and it looks like Sozinho will be our 3rd resident baby this year.
BABY EDNA, OUR YOUNGEST AT 7 MONTHS, ENJOYING HER FIRST FEAST
MONICA, BORN WITH A HEART DEFECT AND POOR SURVIVAL OUTLOOK , IS NOW IN PRE-SCHOOL!
DANIEL, 11 MONTHS, WITH A FACE THAT SAYS “I ATE MY LUNCH, SO WHERE ARE THE COOKIES YOU PROMISED!”
OUR FAMILY IS GROWING, and our older orphan girls DEARLY LOVE having new babies join us!
CHILDREN’S DAY, JUNE 1ST, CHILDREN BEING SERVED A RICE AND GOAT FEAST BY FOSTER MOTHERS
The babies who live with us provide our older orphan girls a great learning opportunity in baby care (besides being fun to cuddle).
For in this country, girls without mothers to train them in good baby care have little opportunity to learn the proper skills.
TWO NEW AWANA PROGRAMS OPEN IN REMOTE VILLAGES
Saturday our AWANA team consisting of Carlitos Jorge, Nelson, and new assistant leader, Rufino, traveled to NTETE Village to meet with the children from the Assembly of God church. FIFTY THREE school age children dearly loved playing the games and hearing the story of creation. Next week, we expect a huge crowd, as these 53 little “advertisers” were told to invite all their friends. Ntete has over 2,500 children, so we plan to start programs in several areas of the village in order to keep the groups in manageable numbers.
SUNDAY, Carlitos Jorge met with village leaders and the children of NQUIDE Village (about 5km or 2.5 miles) down the road from Ntete. We plan to kick off that program next Saturday.
GOD’S WORD IS GOING FORTH!
FOR THE CHILDREN SHALL LEAD THE WAY IN THESE END TIME DAYS.