By Eden Grace, Africa Ministries Office field staff
In early March, a woman who was in labor with twins went to a low-level government health center. She had not had any prenatal care at all during the pregnancy. At the time the government nurses were on strike, but one kind-hearted nurse left the picket line to attend to this mother.
The first baby was born vaginally, weighing 2.7 kg. However, the second baby was lying in a funny position, and soon the baby’s arm emerged from the birth canal, making a vaginal delivery impossible. The nurse managed to find a taxi to take the mother to Kaimosi Hospital. When she arrived, the first twin was over two hours old, and the protruding arm of the second twin was cold and blue. The doctor couldn’t hear a fetal heartbeat, and there was no fetal movement. At this point, based on clinical observation, the doctor would normally conclude that the baby had died and proceed with a “destructive delivery.”
However, they decided to use the ultrasound for confirmation. With the ultrasound they were able to see the baby’s heart beating; the baby was alive but in critical condition. They rushed to the operating theater for a cesarean, and delivered a living baby, weighing 2.6 kg. The mother and both twins are doing well.
We are praising God for this miracle baby, and for the generous gift of the ultrasound unit from Friends in California. Your gift is saving lives.
The fund-raising efforts of Berkeley Friends Church to send this portable ultrasound unit to Kaimosi Hospital were reported in the October/November 2011 issue of Quaker Life.