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Weʼre raising £2,000 to provide IV nutrition for a Zambian baby

Katete, Zambia
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Baby AP was born on the 11th April in Zambia weighing 2kg, with a condition called gastroschisis - her intestines were outside her body at birth. For the first 2 weeks of life she is dependent on all her nutrients through an IV line because she cannot absorb milk properly until her gut starts to work. She has miraculously already survived 9 days after her operation, a week longer than expected - in Zambia survival of this condition is nearly 0%. I have been privately buying the nutrition- called total parenteral nutrition, or TPN for short, because I think this baby deserves as much of a chance to survive as a baby in the UK with the same condition, where survival is close to 100%. The nutrition costs £145 a day - more than the average Zambian villager would earn in several years. It has never been used in this hospital before and isn't used in any of the government hospitals here.
I would like to continue giving this baby the best chance to survive but need help funding, as a volunteer here I have finite resources. If this beautiful baby continues to do well we should hopefully have her on full milk feeds in 14 days but we need to continue to support her nutrition until she is ready. Her mother & I appreciate any donation, big or small, that you can spare. The money will go directly to buying the nutrition, which is currently being imported from South Africa. Thank you in advance!

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  • Paulina Connolly3 months ago
    Paulina Connolly

    Paulina Connolly

    3 months ago

    Sorry for the delayed update - I just wanted to let you all know that baby AP went home a little while ago, feeding well & gaining weight. I am so grateful to you all, your support has literally saved this baby's life. On the back of this I am writing a letter to the minister to try to get them to buy the nutrition & equipment in future. The difficulty is that it is a rare condition & the cost, as you have seen, is high, with no guarantees of survival. Not an appealing thing for a government to fund. But we can only try! Thank you all again xx

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  • Paulina Connolly4 months ago
    Paulina Connolly

    Paulina Connolly

    4 months ago

    Wow you guys are amazing!! Thank you so much :-) Little baby is still doing well, keep praying and/or fingers crossed!

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Page last updated on: 5/23/2018 4:38 AM

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29

  • Helen Jewell

    Helen Jewell

    Apr 27, 2018

    What a wonderful thing to do

    £50.00

  • Dean Medlycott

    Dean Medlycott

    Apr 27, 2018

    £25.00

  • Rondell Willabus

    Rondell Willabus

    Apr 27, 2018

    £20.00

  • Michael Connolly

    Michael Connolly

    Apr 26, 2018

    "Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

  • Tracey Slade

    Tracey Slade

    Apr 26, 2018

    I hope the baby is well very soon.

    £10.00

  • Fred Wood

    Fred Wood

    Apr 26, 2018

    £100.00

  • Tori Scott

    Tori Scott

    Apr 26, 2018

    ❤️

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Paulina Connolly

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Katete, Zambia

Paediatrician volunteering in St Francis Hospital, Katete, Zambia

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