This month marks a wonderful milestone for Malita. From an incredibly premature and frail baby with little hope of survival, to a strong and healthy toddler who is back home with her family, this is Malita's story so far.
Malita was born prematurely in August 2021. After remaining in hospital for a week she was deemed well enough to leave, but her mother tragically passed away the day after they returned home.
After her mother’s death, with her father already struggling to care for his seven other children, Malita’s elder sister tried to take on her care but without her mother’s milk, she became increasingly malnourished and vulnerable. It was at this point – at just 18 days old - that Malita was brought to Open Arms, weighing a tiny 1.28kg.
As time went by, Malita went from strength to strength and both her team of caregivers, as well as her father (who visited her twice a month), delighted in every milestone she reached.
From learning to sit, to growing teeth, to feeding herself, to taking those first steps and babbling her first words, every step of her growth and development was cause for huge celebration.
Her father admitted he had initially lost hope for her survival and has been thrilled to see her overcome her difficult start to life. He is so grateful for the round-the-clock monitoring and care his daughter has received from Matron Eniffer and her team at the Infant Home.
Malita turned two years old this past August, which marked even more significant milestones. Not only was she able to come off the medicine she had required from birth, but the team started preparing both her and her father for Malita's long-awaited return home!
After doing some renovations to prepare for her coming, Malita's father was overjoyed to recently welcome his little girl back into her family home. Thanks to his regular visits to the Infant Home, they have a strong bond, which has made Malita's transition home smooth and successful. She is well settled and has even started attending a local Nursery School!
The Community Outreach Team will regularly visit the family, supporting them with advice, medical checks and essentials - ensuring Malita continues to thrive in her new home setting.
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