More blessings from the Pittman Park UMC Mobile Med Team: submitted by Trish Low, VOH Director
We were seeing patients at a good pace. At one point I walked outside just to get some air and interact with the patients whom had been waiting for hours. As I stepped over the tree trunk into the dirt I noticed a lady slumped over on the concrete water cistern. When I put my hand on her shoulder to ask if she was alright I noticed she had a tiny baby in her arms. She was weak and when her eyes met mine I could see the pain and fear in her eyes. I took the beautiful baby girl from her mother’s arms and helped her to her feet. She told me her head was hurting and she had stomach pain. She was taken straight to intake to get her vitals and then immediately to the doctor. After doing a blood test we learned that her hemoglobin was 2.1 which is deadly low, normal range is 12-16 for an adult female. How was she even walking? She walked over an hour to get there carrying her 7.8 lb baby girl.
The story of this baby’s birth was such a typical Haitian delivery. She was trying to get to the hospital when her pain increased. She delivered her sweet baby girl in the back of a tap tap. Everything seemed to be ok with her and the baby so she changed to a tap tap in the other direction and went home. Health care is expensive and most people have to choose food or health care so unless it’s urgent they will not deliver in a hospital. This mother had lost a large amount of blood and the anemia was becoming deadly by the time she came for help. We provided her prenatal Vitamin, antibiotics, and ibuprofen for after her hospital stay.
We were able to provide lots of hugs and love for momma and her 8 day old baby girl. She was given the money she needed to receive a blood transfusion at a larger hospital in Tabarre and for transportation there and back. Her sister met her at the Mobile med site and we gave them lunch, a bottle and formula with mom’s permission to allow her time to take care of herself before she resumed breast feeding. The mother, her sister, and her infant walked down the dusty rock road to get in the back of a tap tap with many other people, to get to the hospital for life saving treatment.