At 44 days old and weighing merely 3 pounds, Baby Carlos* was helpless when he arrived at the Malnutrition Center in Guatemala. After he was abandoned by his mother, the government placed Carlos at the center. He struggled to eat, gain weight and sustain a sufficient body temperature. Carlos’ circumstances were so grave that even a doctor at the center found himself shaking his head in concern.
More than 3,500 miles away, unknowingly, three young women from Boston boarded a flight for the Malnutrition Center with bags packed full of supplies like special formula for premature babies. One of the women, Felicia*, was a clinical advisor with extensive experience with premature babies. Twenty-four hours later, the team attended orientation. Carlos’ grave situation was explained to the team for the first time. When group assignments were determined, Felicia was assigned to Carlos’ group.
Approximately five days after Carlos’ arrival, hope emerged in his solemn situation.
A few ounces at a time, Carlos gained weight, grew in strength and became more responsive every day. Within a few months, Carlos had more than doubled in weight as mission teams and staff at the Malnutrition Center continued to be part of Carlos’ story. Every bottle, every cradle and every prayer mattered in the most critical moments of Carlos’ life.
Although Carlos’ future looked hopeless, his dire need was met in the name of Jesus Christ by people and through resources that gave him the opportunity to dream big!