This is an eight day old baby from Soleil who is perfect. He may have a big head, but he is still perfect in my book.
His name is Bernardin.
His mother, who wears layers of cotton flannel shirts, is unable to give their address in Soleil. They live somewhere near a church. They also live somewhere near 200,000 other people in the slum of Soleil.
Tears run down mother’s face as she states that Bernardin’s father forced her to take medicine while she was pregnant to abort Bernardin. His father has another woman and did not want another baby to take care of in Soleil.
However, the home made Soleil abortion medicine didn’t work. Bernardin was born and is fine…except for a big head. He has hydrocephalus.
Bernardin most likely needs a shunt. His mother has no money, and more importantly, if Bernardin had a shunt placed, who will be responsible for following him? When shunts go bad in Haiti, the baby goes bad.
Bernardin needs to be adopted out of Soleil where he can receive proper medical care and follow up.
He survived an attempted chemical abortion. He lives in horrid Soleil with an abused penniless mother.
He is eight days old.
Will anyone out there give Bernardin a chance?