We would like to introduce you to gorgeous, 3-year-old Luu. She lives with her mother, father and siblings in Northern Vietnam and also has untreated hydrocephal
us. She has been suffering with many of the uncomfortable, and sometimes painful symptoms that come along with having a neurological condition. She is also quite malnourished.
Luu and her family live in a small home made from woven bamboo, a tin roof and a dirt floor that gets very cold in winter when the temperature can drop to a low of -2 degrees. Luu’s father works full time in the rice fields, and her mother works tirelessly trying to sell handmade local crafts to visiting tourists. They work hard to be able to provide for their newborn baby and Luu, but they are struggling. Whilst Luu’s mother is able to take the baby with her when she goes to work, Luu has been staying at home by herself lying in her bed, unable to move or do anything independently. She is at great risk of developing pressure sores, respiratory problems and other complications that occur when a person does not move around enough. When we met Luu’s parents they were sad as they knew they were not able to give Luu the best care she deserved, but were lost in ways they could help her. Sometimes, when families feel such despair, they can feel that they have no other option than to abandon their child in hopes that they will receive better care than what they are able to give. This was the situation that Luu and her family were facing – it was serious and urgent.
Little Feather believes in supporting families, like Luu’s, to stay together, and aim to do all we can to prevent such abandonment.
Luu is a child who not only needs high quality Palliative Care, but also deserves to be able to stay with her family while continuing to access this specialised care.
Little Feather Foundation has developed a plan to best support Luu and her family by providing Luu with a local nanny to care for her on the days that her parents are out working. This will ensure that Luu is cared for in a safe, stimulating and comfortable environment, where she will have loving one on one care to best meet her needs and improve her quality of life. We also will be training Luu’s family and her nanny in how to provide Luu with adequate Palliative Care.
We are very happy, and feel incredibly privileged to be able to support Luu and her family. This is a big step. This time we were able to step in and lend a hand to keep a family together, and prevent the pain and devastating loss that separation and abandonment could have brought. We know that Luu will be able to receive love and care of her family, and her nanny, and we will continue doing everything we can to support them.
Our nurses will be flying up to visit Luu and her family next week. We will keep you all updated!