| Jun 10, 2015
Baby Faith, who's 2 years old, with her grandmother in Liberia.
Faith’s life has been a struggle from the start. The girl’s mother abandoned her in Liberia when the baby was only a few weeks old.
If Faith didn’t have her grandmother in her life, she wouldn't have anyone at all. Grandma raised the toddler, who is now 2-years-old, and there’s clearly a lot of love between the two.
But grandma is only one woman.
The support system that many people rely on simply hasn’t existed for Faith. So when the toddler became sick with an unknown disease, there was no place to go for help. It just so happened that Faith had become desperately ill during the height of Liberia’s Ebola epidemic, a time when all illnesses were viewed as a potential public-health threat. Health workers were reluctant to treat patients who might have Ebola – even babies like Faith.
Health workers initially showed little interest in Faith’s condition. They didn’t ask enough questions to know how to treat the baby girl. The only thing doctors knew about Faith’s condition was that the girl’s skin was feeling intermittently hot and cold. An MTI “rapid response” team was called to assess Faith’s condition out of concern that she might have Ebola. Her symptoms were similar.
That’s when Faith’s condition worsened. Her skin broke out in a rash, and her eyes turned red. She came down with a fever, and she had trouble swallowing. There was a painful sore inside her throat.
When MTI’s rapid response team assessed the young girl, they concluded that she either had measles or Ebola. The prognosis was frightening. Both illnesses are deadly. Ebola in particular was on everyone’s mind. It’s the scourge that has killed more than 4,800 people in Liberia alone. But because of your gifts, MTI’s rapid response team was on the ground to transport Faith to a clinic, where she was monitored for several days and tested.
Faith is tested to make sure she doesn't have Ebola.
There was a minor sense of relief when the tests came back negative for Ebola. She had measles instead. Thanks to the quick intervention of the clinic’s staff and the rapid response team, Faith’s condition improved. She is now free of measles and is happy and healthy.
Faith is an accurately named little girl. She started with nothing, became sick during the worst Ebola pandemic ever, but nonetheless survived with a smile. Your support, donations and prayers made the difference. Thank you for making a positive impact in this girl’s life and, in doing so, keeping the Faith.