Valentine came to us when she was three weeks old after being discharged from hospital. She has been thrown into a pit latrine shortly after her birth. She breathed in the human waste which lead to aspiration pneumonia which damaged her lungs. After two weeks with us she developed a cough. By afternoon we decided to take her back to the hospital that gave her to us as they were to treat her for free. For some in explicable reason the founder sensed that some thing was not right and they should take her to the closer private hospital to be checked before crossing town. When we arrived at the hospital she was checked by triage and seen to be ok with her oxygen saturation way up. However before we saw the first available doctor she began to change . She started to struggle to breath. Soon she was breathing fast and then all of a sudden she stooped breathing but started again when woken then she would sleep again and stop breathing. They rushed her to the emergency room and connected her to many machines and oxygen while injecting steroids and other drugs. She was taken to ICU but around midnight they decided that she was a bit better and tried to give her a feed through a tube. She choked on this feed aspirating further. She then had to be put into a coma and placed on a respirator where she continued to deteriorate. We have no doubt that she would have died had she not been taken to that hospital. How a child who had never knows love found the strength to live is beyond us but she did. She has had two more life threatening sudden onset episodes of pneumonia another hospitalisation with less intensity on every occasion this year she has has two cases but we were able to handle both without admission. The specialist advised us that she would have at least two hospitalisations from pneumonia until she is five due to the extensive damage done to her lungs I her first hours of life, so she is doing very well. She is a healthy baby with a gregarious personality. She explores everything and gets into absolutely everything.
She fears nothing and is totally unaware that she is younger than the older babies.