Last night I was called out into the pouring rain to go and see a 2 week old twin girl who was brought here from many miles away on the back of a motorbike(the major means of transport here). The little thing was barely breathing and was very cold to the touch. We had grandmother put her against her body to try and warm her up while we drew up some antibiotics and called Maternity to prepare a bed for her. Antibiotic given, we rushed out into the rain as I was carrying the infant with entourage following behind.
On arrival at the ward there were no more functional isolettes (incubators) so she was placed in a small crib with hot water bottles to try and warm her. Blood studies and oxygen were adminstered but she was going downhill rapidly and resources were limited. She was a very strong infant and rallied for a short while but the infection and cold and long journey had taken its toll on our little Faith. She succumbed a few hours later. Fortunately, her twin sister, Faithful, has survived and we are treating her in time and the family is holding up well.
When you call 911 don't expect a response here. How fortunate we are. Give thanks to our paramedics.