Friday, January 22, 2010

Day 2

In the past few days, Comfort's creww has touched hundreds lives touched with her healing power. The crew of the ship is definitely living up to their motto of “Care of the sick on the Sea.” Today was definitely a day an unforgettable day for crew members. At 2:27 p.m., highly skilled pediatric professionals LCDR Erika Beard-Irvine and LCDR Shannon Lamb performed the flawless delivery of a baby girl, Esther, into the world. She weighed 4 lbs, 5 oz., was born healthy with no health problems, and has been breathing on her own.

Baby Esther was born 7 weeks premature and was named by her mother shortly before her c-section delivery. Her mother was aboard Comfort receiving care from injuries suffered in the earthquake that devastated Haiti Jan. 12. Fractures to her pelvis and femur caused her water to break early.

The Haitian woman underwent surgery following her c-section to fix her broken bones. As of this morning, Esther’s mom was in the Intensive Care Unit and she has yet to meet her baby girl.

This experience brought an additional level of morale to a crew that was already motivated.

So far, Comfort has seen 184 patients. 58 of those patients have undergone surgery.

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