Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
From CMMB: Baby Cecilia needed a miracle
Cecilia in her mother's arms at St. Therese Hospital in South Sudan
was pale, and her fingertips were white. She was lethargic and
irritable. She just lay there, next to her mother, too weak to do
anything.”- CMMB volunteer Carrie Flaherty, RN
Twenty-three-month-old Cecilia recently arrived at St. Therese Hospital
in South Sudan, sick and weak with malaria. Her already precarious
condition was further complicated by severe anemia, and desperately
needed a blood transfusion.
places like South Sudan, malaria and anemia are among the leading
causes of pediatric deaths. Like so many under-resourced hospitals, St.
Therese has no regular stock of blood products.
For patients in desperate need of a transfusion – patients like Cecilia –
they must find family members who meet certain criteria and are willing
to donate. Unfortunately, there were no family members who were
compatible with Cecilia’s blood type.
Malaria kills one child every 30 seconds. Anemia makes children even more vulnerable.
Martin Rubino, another CMMB volunteer serving in South Sudan, heard
about Cecilia and volunteered to donate his own blood, which was
compatible with hers.
After his donation, Cecilia received the transfusion and later that
afternoon she was “sitting up in bed, smiling, and looking more alert
and energetic." She was discharged a few days later, a lively toddler