Sick child left to die by mother, saved by Sarah!
It was in the year 2010 that a very disastrous earthquake rocked the little Island Haiti causing a third of the population here homeless. This resulted in not just people running off leaving their families but also bringing a sky high rise in the abandoned children. A large population of the youth remains uneducated with the island struggling to keep pace with life. Poverty, illiteracy and sadness covered the island and Haiti was even the top ranker in the poorest country list of the Western hemisphere. This was the time when Sarah Conque moved to help people at the Danita’s Children Medical Center.
Sarah, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist had a volunteering job here. In January 2014, a woman with 3 month old baby walked into the clinic and claimed the infant to be abandoned.
The baby was named Nika and was suffering from hydrocephalus, a condition where the brain is filled with a fluid cavity and is dangerous for survival. The survival rate of hydrocephalus is a mere 3 percent with most of the sufferers not being attended at all. Sarah made immediate arrangements for the neurosurgery and flew with the baby and some doctors from Oananminthe to the capital city Port Au Prince. It took a week to make the patient get accepted at the hospital for surgery as the doctors only picked the children or infants who had greater chances of survival. On March 14 Nika was undertaken with neurosurgery.
Two months after the surgery the hospital informed Sarah that Nika was still in the hospital with no one claiming for their child. Phone calls were made to woman who brought Nika and was found that she was her biological mother. This woman, Nika’s biological mother was ashamed of the physical deformity that her child was born with. She wrapped the baby in a cloth and took her to home in order to hide her appearance from the people. As Haiti people are conscious about certain disabilities the mother wasn’t prepared for the fight.
Doctors enquired on Nika’s surgery but didn’t get a follow back for 2 months. After four months of struggle to find the whereabouts the child was finally brought to the clinic but to the dismay of all there wasn’t any positive change. The surgery had failed and it was found that the child was severely malnourished and was having seizures again.
Sarah tried to keep check on the child care but finally decided to do so herself by taking the child in her custody. Paperwork was done and permission was taken from Nika’s mother to make Nika the daughter of Sarah.
At this point it was only .5 percent of Nika’s brain working and doctors stated that she won’t survive. But Sarah took great care of the child with the minutest of details to watch over her condition. She finally flew to US for treating Nika’s malnutrition and made her survive longer than anyone would have. Nika is 2 years today and is able to make a few gestures with moves and lives happily with her mother Sarah!