On Thursday, January 12, 2017, Sarah went to Hospital St. Michel to visit Alphieda, a child that she had fostered in the past. In the bed next to Alphieda was a tiny baby who was clearly malnourished. Sarah watched the nurse feed him cookies and mix up some powdered milk (not formula), which Sarah thought was odd because he was so, so tiny. Sarah inquired about the baby, and learned that he had been laying in that hospital bed for the past 5 days after being abandoned at the hospital.
Sarah asked to hold him, but the nurse told her she shouldn't because he was “sick” (meaning he had HIV). Sarah said she was okay with that, and as she picked up the baby, he cuddled right in, craving close contact. Sarah offered to foster him for a bit, as this was something she'd done in the past with malnourished babies-- take them in for a few months, feed them well, give them love and affection, and return them home once the crisis had passed. She assumed this would be the case.
After visiting with Social Services to get authorization to take the baby, they gave him a name-- Jean Moise Michel Jacmel. Moise was after Moses, who was left in the bullrushes, Michel, a common name in Haiti but also the name of the hospital where he was abandoned, and, obviously, Jacmel after the city.
The next few months would prove to be very challenging, more challenging than any other baby Sarah had fostered. Jean Moise was often ill, and despite taking in over 1500 calories per day, he kept losing weight. He was admitted to a private hospital more than once, and struggled to keep anything down. Finally, after many weeks, and the commencement of regular HIV meds, Jean Moise started to grow and develop.
He's still a very high needs baby, waking up every hour in the middle of the night to feed, but he's starting to develop appropriate attachment, gaining weight steadily, and becoming a happier baby. Fritzie (an adult who grew up in the foster home), now watches Jean Moise during the day while Sarah is at work, and then Sarah and JP keep him the rest of the time. Because of Jean Moise's special medical and feeding needs, the cost for his care is about $300 per month, but we expect that to rise over time.
f you would like to help sponsor Jean-Moise, please visit our donation page and sign up for a monthly donation of at least $32.00. (Please designate Foster Care,
Jean-Moise.) Once you're enrolled,we will give you access instructions to a private Facebook page for his donors only. On this page, you will see some pics of day-to-day life, hear little
stories about Jean-Moise as they happen, and even be able to ask questions.
Sponsorship donations are tax deductible in both the US and in Canada!
If you have more questions, please feel free to email the Mangines at firstname.lastname@example.org.