Jacqueline*, two-years-old, was admitted to the Rehydration Center at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital for three days after several days of being severely ill at home. She is the only child in her family, living with both of her parents. Jacqueline had several episodes of diarrhea, vomiting and fever when she arrived. When the symptoms first started, her mother brought her to St. Catherine Hospital in Cite Soliel. However, as they are not equipped to take care of these types of cases, the doctor transferred her to St. Damien’s for better care.
According to Dr. Ernestine Ysaac, the lead doctor in the Rehydration Center at St. Damien, “by the time she arrived her condition were very bad. She was lethargy, not able to drink anything due to her severe dehydration and her heart rate was slowing down too. But, the child was quickly treated with IV fluids and in her first night, the child received four bags of IV fluids.” By the next day, Dr. Ysaac assured, the child’s health improved with sign of rehydration and normal vital signs.
Today, Jacqueline is in great health and was discharged to go back home. However, before discharging her, the doctor discovered that the child was also suffering malnutrition. She was referred to our external malnutrition program where she visit regularly for check up’s and to receive special peanut better, vegetables and medication to treat her malnutrition.
Jacqueline’s mother said, “Thank you very much for your generous help that you provided to my child, because without you she might not be here. St. Damien’s was my only chance and I want to thank the staff who were quick in treating and taking the good care of my kid.”
Jacqueline and her mother are now home, happy and healthy!
*Name changed to protect privacy.