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Madeleine’s Story


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Today, Madeleine took her baby boy home from the hospital. Four days ago, she didn’t know if either of them would be alive by morning. Madeleine came to Maison de Naissance for a visit, because she felt sick. Her head hurt, her hands and feet were swollen, she was seeing spots, and she had pain by her rib cage. She had been warned by her midwife and her community health worker that these could be signs of preeclampsia, a severe disease which can cause seizures in the mother, bleeding from a torn placenta, and death of the baby.

Though this was her first baby and she had been seen at MN only once, Madeleine knew her due date was a month off and she wasn’t sure it was time for her baby to come. She only knew how terrible she felt. As she rode the back of her neighbor’s motorbike along the bumpy dirt roads to MN, she became worried. She wasn’t feeling the baby move as much today, and her head was hurting worse. By the time she arrived at MN, her blood pressure was very high and she began bleeding. The assistant midwife who was seeing her called for help, and an auxilliaire brought medication to keep Madeleine from having a seizure, while an IV was started.

Grabbing a pack of supplies for a cesarean section, the auxilliare accompanied Madeleine in the MN ambulance to drive into Les Cayes to the General Hospital, where a cesarean section could be performed. Thanks to Madeleine recognizing the warning signs of preeclampsia, the quick work of the MN clinical staff, and the expert driving of the chauffeur, she made it to the hospital in time to save her son and herself. YOUR donation to keep our ambulance in excellent repair saved Madeleine’s life, and that of her son. We can’t thank you enough!

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