We spent a lot of time in the pediatrics ward. Alexa is delivering a Mother's Box containing toiletries for the mother and a gift for the baby. This little girl is scheduled for a series of surgeries and is here with her grandmother. Their family was considered cursed by their town because the baby was born deformed. The culture considers any kind of physical deformity to be a curse.
This is Daownry Shaha. She has a fatal disease and is awaiting a donor for a bone marrow transplant.
Most of the mothers will live in the hospital with their children while they receive treatment.
The children here are all awaiting surgery for either cleft palates or some life threatening disease. Mercy Hospital does many cleft palate surgeries and receives donations to provide the services free of charge.