30.8.10

COTW: Gift

42 years old. 10 pregnancies. No babies. Mary came to the OB ward 8 wks before her due date. She had lost 9 babies—some before birth due to bleeding or high blood pressures, some within the first day of life. She came begging us to save this one. Her blood pressure was high, and the baby was measuring small, but we admitted her to the hospital and started her on medications, including one to help her baby's lungs mature more quickly, in the extremely likely event of a pre-term delivery. After a day and a half of these medications, I did an ultrasound to look at the baby. The fluid was low, a sure sign that the placenta was starting to fail. The heartbeat was there, but no movements, despite watching for almost 30 minutes. We decided it was time.

The baby boy came out limp and floppy. As I watched the peds team work on him, I felt a growing dread—once more, we had waited too long. Mary would not be a mother, for the 10th time. But he was alive for now, and he was transferred to Eric's care in the nursery. The first few days, things did not look good. But little by little, the little boy began to improve. He started to feed, to grow, to breathe room air.

Last week, 30 days after delivery, Baby Gift (Mary's name for him) was discharged in good condition. What a blessing to be able to watch this miracle to take place! It was a double victory, as Eric and I cared for this mother and child on both ends of the spectrum.

10 comments:

James & Alissa said...

Jamie and I are following the MCCropders blog faithfully and I'm always so incredibly encouraged! You guys are faithful to God's call on your lives to serve Him and share your giftings with others. We're praying for all the McCropder families (and the new addition coming)! Jamie is looking forward to seeing Jason, Heather and Abi in Madagascar next month... wish I was there to also connect! Blessings! Alissa and Jamie

Sandy said...

Wonderful story of love and God's grace!!! Praising God for Baby Gift!

Jenny Mas-Moya said...

What a great story, Rachel! God is so good!

Carrie said...

That is beautiful, indeed! Blessings and prayers sent your way, McCropders!

Jonathan said...

Wow! Well, I'm sure that your whole time at Tenwek was worthwhile to her. Good job staying faithful!!

Love, Sami

Anonymous said...

Continuing to pray for them and rejoicing with you!
j

Anonymous said...

What an awesome victory !!! Let's all hope and believe for many more stories like this one.
Love, Mom

Linda S. said...

What an awesome experience! God bless you for using your talents for HIS glory!!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing gift to that mommy and wonderous that you got to be a part of that miracle...so cool.
Love, Mariah

Anonymous said...

what an amazing story! and a truly appropriate name for the baby. I hope your hearts were encouraged by the work God did through both of you. - Tori