What a change we have seen in Minh Hy since we first met him!
We remember and reflect on the first time we saw him. We remember this time with sadness. Minh Hy was found with a plastic bag beside him of belongings. Inside this bag was medicine for pain, fever and medication to ease stomach problems. His family had tried so hard to ease his pain and suffering. They had been to the pharmacy themselves to buy him this medicine to try and help him, but unfortunately it was not working. We wish we could have been there to try and help the family care for him before they felt the only way was to let Minh Hy go. We truly believe that their hope was for Minh Hy to receive better care than what they were able to provide. Our hearts go out to his family who felt they had no other choice.
The medicine he had been given had not been enough to control his pain or other symptoms. When we first met Minh Hy, his back was completely arched backwards, he was crying constantly, and he was very malnourished. He had bad tummy problems causing him pain. He was not consolable. Oh how our hearts broke for this little boy. Our hearts broke for his separation he had endured and for his family. Our hearts broke to see such a sad little boy in pain and in such a state.
We are so thankful that Minh Hy’s story did not end there! Over a few days the medicine given to relax his muscles began to work. We began to figure out what Minh Hy enjoyed. We found out the way he liked to be held – knees up to his chest and cuddled tightly! A nasogastric tube ensured Minh Hy received enough food- and he began to put on weight. Medicine was given to treat his tummy problems and resolved the pain from those issues.
Minh Hy loves to taste different things – especially sweet lollipops! He enjoys cuddles and has time sitting up in his bouncer everyday where he is able to be a part of the world around him. But BEST of all – recently we have seen Minh Hy smile!!!
Minh Hy – what a privilege it has been to see you grow and be and be able to support you on your journey. We are not sure what the future will hold, but we will do all we can to ensure you stay as comfortable and happy as possible. We are so inspired by your story and we will continue to strive to help families like yours gain resources and support so that they can choose to stay together rather than face abandonment.
We were so lucky to meet Thao and her incredible friends at ConvaTec a few weeks ago who have been instrumental in helping us to support a little girl in need of some specialised medical care.
We would like to send out a huge thank you to some of our friends who have generously donated bouncers and swings that the children were desperately in need of! A big thank you to Rachana Teware, Nona Masyita Hatumena, Sarah Grundy, Kristi Ligaya and Katerynka Leaver – your kindness has made the biggest difference to our Little Feathers! Look how comfortable our children look in them!
Bouncers may seem like a simple thing, but they make a big difference to our special children! Sitting upright not only allows them to see and interact with the world around them, it allows them to move their arms and legs freely, improves their breathing function- reduces the incidence of chest infections, and of the children who suffer from hydrocephalus - it relieves pressure in their head which in turn reduces headaches and nausea. What a great way to be able to provide holistic care to the children!