Dr. David Vanderpool
Marie is struggling today in the oppressive Haitian sun.
It's not that it's hotter than usual today, it's always hot here, but as the baby grows in Marie's womb, he takes the last of the nutrients out of Marie's already depleted body and today she feels it more than ever. She thinks of her other six children and remembers how hard their births were as she cried out on the dirt floor of her mud hut with only her sister to help her. She sees the faces of her two little ones that she laid to rest in that same dirt the year before.
Marie has heard stories of women in the United States, 2 hours away, who give birth in clean hospitals and are given medicines that take away the horrible pain. The babies there are put into warm clean incubators instead of filthy rags on the dirt floor. She hears that the mothers and babies there have enough to eat. But that two hours distance might as well be twenty hours. Marie lives in Haiti and she is struggling.
Why is it that two countries separated by a mere two hour flight have such vastly different stories? One of success and comfort and the other of failure and pain. One with more resources than can be counted and the other with starvation, disease and death.
Our Maternal Health Clinic seeks to bridge that gap. By offering food, prenatal vitamins, medical care and counseling, we hope to give mothers like Marie hope. We presently have funding for 200 pregnant women, giving them similar medical care to the care that American mothers get.
But Marie is not one of the 200. She is one of the 1800 who are not in the program.
For $10 per month, you can supply Marie with enough food, prenatal vitamins and medical tests to bridge that gap.
That's the cost of one movie ticket or two grande, non fat, extra hot
chai lattes at your favorite coffee house.
With ninety bucks, Marie will thrive during her 9 month pregnancy and her baby will enter this world with a robust cry on a clean blanket.
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Dr. Vanderpool is a great friend of Hope Through Healing Hands' chairman, Dr. Frist, and has also travelled to Haiti several times with Senator Bill Frist, M.D. to provide aid to those in need. Live Beyond is a non-profit organization that provides medical care, clean water, and nutritional support to those who are devastated by natural and man made disasters. "We choose to Live Beyond ourselves, our communities and our professions so that others may Live."