Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hi Everyone,
I wanted to give you an update on baby Samuel. He arrived late Thursday night in Roanoke after an amazing week. Vanessa met him at the airport and took him directly to the hospital where they have taken great care of him. We have been so humbled by the outpouring of support for this baby. Folks have donated money and time and together we were able to not only get his visa within two days, but had him out of the country and on his way by Friday...three days ahead of the schedule we had set. American Airlines stepped forward to arrange for an emergency transportion escort for Samuel that was much less expensive for Angel Missions than us paying for a last minute ticket!! A couple of remarkable airline employees (from two different airlines) volunteered to sheperd the baby from Port au Prince to Roanoke, a feat which we have not ever been able to arrange before now. Little Sam has many friends! The baby made the trip well, but the fragile sac on his spine sprung another leak during travel and the doctor was unable to do the surgery on Friday. Dr. Apfel did not want to take a chance that the baby had any infection as operating with this type of complication would be a death sentence for him. So, he has spent the weekend under the watchful eyes of the nurses and his host mom. He is quite small (only 4 1/2 pounds) but he's showing himself to be very resilent. He rarely cries and seems comfortable. We are hoping that he will be able to have the surgery on Monday or Tuesday of this week.
Samuel and his family still need our prayers. The baby will be here for some time and will need at least two surgeries. His family in Haiti did a remarkable job with him and his mom continued to nurse him as he remained in a hospital in PAP waiting to leave. Please pray for them that they have some peace that all that we are doing all we can for their little boy. Also, please say some prayers for the baby, his dedicated host mom and the wonderful doctos and nurses who are volunteering their time and skills to give this little guy a chance at a healthy life. We want to say thank you to everyone who has been giving us support as we worked to get the baby to the US and to those who generously donated their time and funding to meet with the costs of the trip. Without you all, our mission would not be a success!
Fran & Vanessa
Angel Missions Haiti

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