A new baby was brought in this morning. The mother had delivered her on the road then run, leaving the little one behind to be found by a woman just passing by. On arrival the baby was so cold! Touching her was like holding a cool glass of water. A normal heart rate for a newborn is 110 to 160, but this baby’s was 60. Because she was so cold her heart rate slowed down as her temperature lowered.
We got her warmed up, IV antibiotics going, and HIV medications started. As we tucked her into a warm bed, the baby looked like she’d be okay. I’m praying for her mother. I can't imagine what kind of life situation would lead to a mother abandoning her baby on the road.