She knew she was dying. With each debilitating contraction growing stronger and more painful, the desperate woman staggered into our Kinship Home. She was sure she wouldn’t survive, but she needed to know her beloved baby would be safe. With little time to spare, caregivers and Kinship members set the struggling woman on a picnic table and went to work. The mother pushed and screamed, determined to bring forth a life before she relinquished her own. After a final push and a final breath, the woman’s body gave in, and she was gone.
But her baby was still inside her.
Determined to save the child’s life, one worker grabbed for a knife, cut open the woman’s stomach, and delivered the baby himself. The baby breathed his first breath and survived. But he had entered the world already an orphan. Even while suffering through labor pains, his mother walked the distance to our Kinship Home and sacrificed her life so that he could live. She was a hero, and we didn’t even know her name.
This story might have shocked you, but unfortunately it’s not uncommon in the developing world. That’s why we need your help to rewrite these stories with happier endings. The Shekinah Glory Community Clinic in Kenya includes a maternity wing dedicated to helping pregnant mothers safely deliver their babies. You can help save these women. Your gift today can save countless lives and prevent more children from being orphaned at birth.