THEIR STORY: DJENIE & KENLEY

Posted: February 21, 2010 in Uncategorized
We have seen many, many Kenley’s over the years.  Babies born too early
to young moms who cannot take care of them and who have no support
system.  Djenie lives in Cite Soley, she is 17, scared and unable to
parent.  Our big white truck with Don Buxman at the wheel brought
Kenley and his little mom Djenie to us three weeks ago.  They were
treated for infections, mom had breast feeding counsel and they went
back into the slum that is their home.  Her first time with us Djenie
wanted to go home quickly and I had to bribe her to stay with items
that teens in the states take for granted.  Sanitary napkins,
toothpaste, deodorant.  I thought they would be okay when they left us.
 This girl was in a hurry to get home to the only life she knows, a
very poor and limited one.
Yesterday our big white truck that has stops near Djenie’s small tin
hut brought her to us again.  Mom had mastitis, a painful breast
infection.  Baby was as tiny as the first time we saw him and now he
was near death.  Because he was quiet and slept mom was unaware that
anything was wrong.  She kept reminding us that he was born at 7 months
gestation and that is why he was so tiny.
Djenie was trying to breastfeed but was having problems.  Three pound
baby was giving it his all but was unable to suck well enough to get
nourishment.  He was all wrapped up in a towel when they came in.  I
immediately focused on mom and passed baby on to someone else.
We have an incredible medical team at Heartline’s hospital.  My head
spins at what God has done since the earthquake.  How did we get all
these brilliant people who are experts in medicine?  They work all day
and all night, laugh, cry, and totally love the Haitian people.  They
give their patients their all.
Some of our PA’s and nurses just arrived on Thursday and dealt with
baby Kenley on Friday.  With limited resources they jumped into action
to save this baby’s life,  He was important, he counted, they fought
for him.  Dr Brad decided Kenley needed to go to the U of Miami Field
hospital located at the Port au Prince airport because they have equipment that we don’t have.  We were off
in a flash.  When we arrived we were greeted with "no meds, no room".
 They made room, Kenley shares an incubator with another baby about his
size.  Both struggling for life,  Both born into peril.  Both born into
post-quake Haiti.
Teen mom came with us.  She kept saying she wanted to take Kenley and
go home.  It took her a while to believe us that he was ill and needed
to stay.  Once reality set in she wailed.  She wailed all the way back
to our hospital in our car.  We listened in silence  sometimes cooing
words of comfort to her, letting her grieve for a baby that might or
might not live through the night.  We grieved for the injustice of it
all.  The injustice of poverty, ignorance, little medical care, little
support and no resources.
Today we brought Djenie to the hospital to visit the baby.  Midwife
Laura Hoppel stayed with her and helped her breastfeed for a few
minutes.  She clearly loves her little guy and wants him to be well.
So, we incorporate Djenie into our hospital community while we wait to
see the outcome of her son.  Extremely resistant at first, even hostile
she is now less afraid and connecting with us.  I heard her singing
along with the nightly church services that our Haitians have.  John
loves these services.  He sits back on a bench and enjoys it all.  They
love him, they know he cares.  They call me "Mommie John".
Our women’s program targets girls in Djenie’s situation.  We give them
prenatal care, a safe birth and months and months of teaching.  It
makes a difference.  There are hundreds of Djenie’s and hundreds,
thousands of Kenleys.  But today we made a difference for two and that
counts!
Beth McHoul




KENLEY RECEIVING EMERGENCY CARE BY OUR HEARTLINE VOLUNTEER MEDICAL PEOPLE


KENELY SHARING AN INCUBATOR AT THE MIAMI FIELD HOSPITAL


TEENAGE MOM DJENIE BEING COMFORTED BY AMY, ONE OF OUR HEARTLINE MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

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Comments
  1. Lisa says:

    Beth, Praying for Kenley and Djene. Brian and I enjoy reading the blog. Between the blog and Jessica\’s updates, we feel we are there in some way. Brian is missing Heartline and I am looking forward to coming after our daughter has her baby! Blessing to you all. Oh, and Brian is giving his power point tonight to the community and we are selling beautiful Haitian purses! We are excited! Lisa

  2. Nancy says:

    How are they doing today? My heart aches and breaks for them both. Please let Djenie know people here are praying for both of them and that God loves them so very much.

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