The meaning of life changed for me today at Mother Teresa's. Words can not explain the emotions that I felt or the things that I witnessed. I can't grasp the events that happened today, but I felt God's love and energy through the missionaries, the nuns, and the mothers trying to save their small babies. As soon as I walked into the door today, people were gathered around a small girl hooked to IV's. I could hear the chanting of the Rosary as missionaries prayed around the small child. The girl had arrived 10 minutes before we did and was taken into immediate care- she was having siezures, had a heart rate of 150, and a blood glucose of 41. It was so intense, but incredible to see the nuns come together to try and save her life. The intensity in the room settled as the managed to bring down the infants heart rate, proved her with a glucose solution, and put her onto an oxygen tank. This event brought tears to my eyes and took my breath away.
Today, I witnessed a mother caring for her malnourished baby. She would not leave her little infant's side; the nuns told me that she has been there everyday breast feeding her little one and caring for it. I could see her concern and love for her small child as she watched it sleep attached to IVs. I couldn't even imagine watch she was going through. She brought tears to my eyes.
It was the one pound, 3 month old infant that broke my heart into a million pieces. When I saw how small this baby was in Paulette's arms, when I saw the ribs of the infant, I cried more than I have yet to this trip. I saw how hard it was for him to cry, to breath, and to move. All he wanted to do was nourished and be loved. It broke my heart. I was able to hold him in my arms and to proved him with love. He was so light; I felt like I was holding a feather he. I prayed and I prayed that God would help him to feel no pain and to be protected by his love and saving grace. I could not believe the things I was seeing; I never thought I would see a living being so small and so helpless. He changed my life.
Please pray for baby John Paul and all the other sick, malnourished, and dying babies at Mother Teresa's.
Healing Haiti Team Member