Yesterday, at 8pm, a little girl was left by her family, in the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. We can't imagine how she must have felt, being alone in the dark in a place she didn't know...
We don’t know her name, her age or where she has come from.
We think she is about 5 years old.
It is heartbreaking that her family felt they had no other options, but to leave her, in the hopes that she would receive more than they could giver her.
This child has hydrocephalus, and a number of severe pressure sores on her head, due to her not being able to sit or lift the weight of her head.
We are just beginning to get to know her, and she to know us. She is aware of us, and listens to our voices. She is playful, and bright, and responds to the world around her.
We welcome her, and will pour out our love and care over her. We immediately bought her high quality wound care items to treat her sores, and comfort care items like a memory foam pillow to not only ensure comfort but also to help her wounds to heal. We sat with her and gave her the attention and warmth of our love.
We wish things were different for this little child. How heartbreaking for her to be with her family for 5 whole years, and then suddenly not be.
We truly believe that her family had her best wishes in mind, and that they must be so sad and missing her right now. We will continue to think of them as we do our best to care for this little girl.
We are planning to have some tests done as soon as possible in the hope of getting her a shunt; an operation which could save her life.
It can be difficult finding doctors who are willing take a chance on a child with such complex needs and no family to fight for her. While we often hear a lot of "no's," we will continue advocate for her, and for the other children we care for, and meet along the way.
While Little Feather works with children who no longer are with their families, we hope that one day, we will be able to help provide access to life saving, palliative and end of life care for every child who needs it in Vietnam, so that the solution no longer has to be abandonment in the hope of care.