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Hope for baby Jenny in Nzara, South Sudan

Jessica Eames

In Nzara, South Sudan, IRT support the St Therese Hospital. The paediatric ward in particular is incredibly busy every day. Sarah Rubino who is a certified Midwife, has been working at the hospital for the past ten months and recently told us about little baby Jenny (pictured).

THE ST THERESE HOSPITAL IS RUN ON SOLAR POWER, THERE IS NO ELECTRICITY.
Sarah has seen first hand how access to supplies can mean life or death for many children. Life there is considered precious and sacred because of how quickly it can be lost. Even though not all these babies lives can be saved, with support from IRT, the incredible staff at the hospital are able to save many of these precious lives.

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Jenny (pictured) was born at 32 weeks gestation, and is an example of hope in Nzara. After her mother pushed twice, Jenny shot into the arms of Midwife Sarah, mid-afternoon on a nice warm day. She immediately began to cry but it was quickly evident that she needed more help breathing. After one hour of positive pressure ventilation, and 2 hours of oxygen before the solar power ran out, Jenny was able to start breastfeeding with only a little bit of fussing. Because she was born during a warm week, we were able to control her body temperature much better with our makeshift skin-to-skin incubator. Likely due to the warm weather, Jenny was able to be discharged at a week and a half old.

AFTER CAREFUL AND ATTENTIVE FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENTS, JENNY IS A PLUMP AND HEALTHY 5-MONTH-OLD.

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