By Jennifer Browning
Sophonie props her Bible up next to where her three-day-old son, Max, is sleeping. She gently takes him out of the suitcase style incubator and cradles him in her arms in an effort to get him to eat.
Sophonie, who was seven months pregnant when the January quake roared through her city, lost her house and her sister in the earthquake. She had her child in a camp not far away from the Project Medishare Hospital near the airport. At just two days old, Sophonie noticed that Max was having trouble breathing. A friend helped her find transportation to the make-shift tent hospital.
The mother said that she is thankful for the Project Medishare doctors and nurses who are working to make her son better.
“Everyone is so kind,” she said, “and they treat my son with the same kindness and love that I do.”
While there a was a small Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Community Hospital in Port-au-Prince, the earthquake has left it inoperable. For now, the PICU at Project Medishare’s tent hospital is the only places where tiny patients like Max can receive such special care.