Clinic Saves Mother During Complicated Labor

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It was raining the night 19-year-old Sughra went into labor. Landslides blocked several of the roads and made any sort of travel difficult.

And, she needed to get to a clinic quickly.

Sughra had tried to give birth at home, with the help of a local birth attendant. But, her body was burning with fever, and the attendant wasn’t prepared to deal with major complications. She told Sughra’s family to take the mother to the nearest medical facility.

That happened to be a clinic friends like you have helped fund. The facility serves pregnant mothers and infants in an area where complications during childbirth is the leading cause of death among women. Massive mountains and poor roads make travel difficult and limit the population’s access to medical care. Many women and children also are often undernourished, making them vulnerable to diseases. All of these factors, combined with frequent pregnancies and poor care from untrained birth attendants, contribute to high rates of infant and maternal fatalities.

That’s why the clinic—and your generosity—has made such a difference for women like Sughra.

It took her family two, agonizing hours to get her to the clinic, where a staff member could properly examine her. The medical professional discovered that Sughra’s child wasn’t positioned correctly for birth and advised the family to take her to a larger hospital.

But that wasn’t an option. Sughra’s condition had become critical, and she needed to deliver the baby immediately.

The staff worked for three hours to deliver Sughra’s son. But, because his birth had taken so long, the child had inhaled amniotic fluid, and it had blocked his airway. His skin had started to turn a frightening blue, and he didn’t make a peep when he exited the womb. Sughra didn’t get to  hear the wailing cry of her healthy newborn. Instead, the clinic’s staff crowded around the limp body of her son.

They worked quickly to drain the fluid from the infant’s throat and gave him rescue breathing until his little lungs could take in air on their own. After a few, harrowing minutes, the baby boy filled the room with his cries, and his skin began to turn the reddish-pink of a newborn.

He was going to be fine.

Sughra’s baby was hospitalized for further treatment, and thankfully, he has fully recovered, now. But, Sughra believes her story would have ended very differently without the clinic you helped fund. Both she and her son could have easily died.

Thank you for helping to provide a place where families can carry their pregnant mothers when childbirth goes wrong. Please pray for all the women who don’t have access to competent medical care and who must face labor with little-to-no assistance from modern medicine.

They’re scared and in pain. Ask God to fill them with His comfort and healing.

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