FIGHTING TO SAVE LIVES

Posted: March 19, 2010 in Uncategorized
Every day since the earthquake I feel like I am caught up in a cyclone
of unrelated, crazy events orchestrated by God.  A phone call that ends
up in a life being saved.  A chain of events and pieces are put together
like a puzzle and people are brought into our lives who would have
died.  When I see the puzzle as a whole I shake my head in wonder.   I
find myself frustrated even angry and then find out things played out
exactly as they should have.   The earthquake took many lives and then
in turn and  saved many due to the resources now here.  I don’t
understand.  But I do get this – I’m doing the job I’m supposed to do,
others are doing their jobs and people are being helped.  I stand in
awe.
We had a successful women’s program going on at Heartline.  Not too many
women so we could really be involved in all their lives and make a
difference.  Midwifery is about the whole woman, her whole life and her
family not just the birth experience.  We are certainly stretching our
numbers, taking "walk ins" and breaking our own rules these days.
Sometimes we have to advocate for the poor.  People abuse their power at
every level and lives are lost because of it.  A belligerent guard at
the gate of the Miami Field Hospital decided at 2:00 AM he was not going
to let us in with a 7 year old girl needing immediate help.  The very
next night we took a laboring woman to another hospital because we felt
she needed a c/section and a sleepy doctor was rude, almost violent in
his examination of her and threatened by our presence.  My intended
message of "this woman is in my care I will stay and keep her calm" was
heard as "you are invading my space, you are usurping my authority and
you need to get out of here."  So we left.  I can’t do a c/section and
this doctor was unwilling to let us be a help.  We apologized and left.  
Mom called a bit later saying the hospital staff left her to suffer
alone and she was afraid and in terrible pain.  What?  She needed
immediate help.  We returned armed with a PA from our hospital and were
met with the same hostitity.  We were once again asked to leave.   In
the parking lot a young man came running up to us saying his wife has
been laboring for days outside the ward and they won’t help her.  As we
were sharing horror stories with this poor dad the doctor came running
out to us, head down, eating crow saying we were right, she needs an
immediate c/section but their operating room is full so they can’t do
it.   He had finally checked our mom to be, realized she was in terrible
danger, that the child within would die and he gave her back to us.  We
sped to the Miami Field Hospital.  This time, also in the middle of the
night, the gate was wide open.  Barbie our PA, Corrigan Clay, a friend
of the parents and I rushed her into the make shift ER and yelled for
help.  Help came!  The busy doctors still had their humor in the middle
of the night shift agreed to take our c/section if we took two laboring
women for them.  Deal.
Rushing again we sped back to our women’s center and called Sarah, a
visiting nurse/midwife to come work with us.  Barbie, the PA, she can do
anything medical.  She’s amazing.    We woke up our guests from
Colorado and gave them all jobs to do.  Coffee, hot water, a back rub
for the mom(s).  By early morning one baby entered the world perfect and
yelling.  That’s how we like them.
Twelve hours later our other mom had not progressed so we returned with
her to the Miami hospital and they graciously took her back.  We had
been given the gift of laboring with her, loving her and keeping watch.
 As we returned her we took our c/section family back home with us.
 They joined the crew of moms and babies that live on the porch of our
field hospital.
The OB doctor who did the surgery came out to our vehicle to take
pictures and tell us how close that baby came to not making it.  We
thanked him and agreed that God had indeed intervened for this baby and
got us there with no minutes to spare.
This couple had no voice of their own.  They are Haitian, poor and live
in a country where the powerful often make decisions that kill and
destroy.    A guard that would not open a gate and a child could have
died.  An angry, haughty doctor that took his time checking on a woman
in peril could have found that her baby had died.  Politics.  The
Port-au-Prince airport wants their land back on which the Field Hospital
sits.  So instructions are given to make it more difficult to enter the
property.  A doctor feels threatened by foreigners so he does not treat
a woman with obstructed labor.
These things sound crazy when you live in a normal world but they are
common in the third world.  At Heartline we have been given a chance to
speak up for the poor, heal the hurting and treat them respectfully.
 Every day I watch the nurses and doctors at our hospital doing follow
up and long term care with our folks.  I love them for it.  We know
these people might not get the help they need if not for us and other
groups like us.  Like God said to Isaiah "who will go for us?" and we
like Isaiah have responded "send me".    Thank you to all of you that
have helped Heartline help the helpless.  We all win.

Beth McHoul



BARBIE WITH THE LITTLE GIRL THAT  THE AIRPORT GUARD DID NOT WANT TO LET INTO THE MIAMI FIELD HOSPITAL AT 2:00 IN THE MORNING

THE C-SECTION COUPLE

It has rained throughout the night and still now at 6:24 AM it is still raining.  My heart grieves for those that are living in so called tents made of sheets.  It seems that so much has yet to be done even though it has been over two months since the earth shook on January 12th.

THINGS ON OUR HEARTS AND MINDS

  • Providing housing for our workers and those who are a part of Heartline who have lost or had damage to their homes.
  • Providing ongoing employment to our workers even though all but two of our Haitian children are now in the States with their adoptive families.
  • Making repairs to the women’s center house so that the sewing ladies will work inside rather than outside under tarps.
  • The ongoing care of the patients that the Lord has entrusted to us
  • The Lord’s plan for Heartline’s future in Haiti as we look to continue to be the hands of Christ in Haiti.

BRIAN THE PT GUY

Brian is our PT guy and I do know that the patients are not always or actually often happy to see him.  He pictured above is trying to get one of our patients to stand alone by herself without crutches for just 5 seconds which she has not done so since the January 12th earthquake.  Well she yelled, cried, and made loud noises but Brian would not be deterred.  I wish I could write that he won this one, but finally she went into a seemingly catatonic state and then was placed back on her cot, at which time she came out of the state.   Brian is pretty persistent because he cares for the patients and I’m sure soon we will see this young lady standing and then walking.

HEARTLINE CONTINUES TO BE ON THE FRONT LINE; THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE WITH US.  YOU CAN HELP BY DONATING.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE.

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