At the end of February the Mpenda village headman in Mangochi District found an abandoned baby in the grounds of a church. The tiny baby boy was in a bad condition and needed help urgently. It is a traumatic experience for everyone involved when this happens as there are concerns for the child's welfare, how to get access to the right help quickly enough and worries for the parents too.
He was named Jack and admitted at the hospital immediately, staying there for two weeks getting medical treatment.
Tracking family members can be very complicated but when Jack was in hospital a man from a nearby village visited claiming that the child was his. He had been told that his wife had miscarried their baby and then he heard rumours that an abandoned baby had been found nearby which raised concerns. The police are working with him and his wife as well as some local witnesses to investigate the case.
In the meantime Jack has been discharged from hospital but continues to need round the clock care and support to keep his growth and development on track. In cases like these babies are monitored extremely closely as their health can be very fragile and can deteriorate rapidly. He was welcomed by the team in Mangochi at the start of March weighing a tiny 2.4kg at four weeks old.
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