Real Stories from the Hogar: Helping sick babies to survive and thrive

Little Juan was born prematurely at 7 months, the third child in his growing family. His mother works selling limes on the streets here in Cuenca, but had to pause her work earlier than expected due to his sudden arrival. His father had to move away to search for work, and sends a little money back home whenever he’s able to find the odd job here and there. Juan spent two months in an incubator due to his premature state, and luckily his condition has been stable and strong. The hospital told his relieved mother that she can now take him home, but the caveat is that he will need oxygen support for an additional two months while his little lungs continue to improve. His mother, already struggling to just buy enough food for her two other children to eat, cannot afford the equipment that Juan needs.

This is where our Newborn Baby Program comes in. The public hospitals, which in normal times would usually be able to provide some type of equipment or other support to patients like little Juan, now have sparse resources due to the COVID-19 crisis. So, the hospital contacted us to see what we could do to fill the gap. His mother received an oxygen concentrator from us for her baby to use, in addition to food and clothes for her three young children. In addition, the family will receive regular visits from our team consisting of our Patient Coordinator, Psychologist and Social Workers. We will make sure that little Juan has all the support he needs to lead a normal and healthy life.

If you would like to help support our programs, such as our Newborn Baby Program helping babies like little Juan, you can make a donation though GivingWay at: or find other options at: Thank you for your support.

Garry Vatcher: 099 094 7611. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca

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