22: Sunshine

Rescued at Ten Years Old

We rescued Bigby from the county shelter on March 18th. At ten years of age, we knew the odds were against him, so we immediately jumped in to help. This senior boy did not belong in an overcrowded open admission shelter. After multiple vet visits, we discovered Bigby had a huge mass on his liver and we had to operate to make sure it was not a malignant mass that could affect his quality of life.

Meet Fernando

Oligohydramnios. It’s an unfamiliar word to most. As a diagnosis to a pregnant mother, it’s terrifying. For Florence, a routine visit to her obstetrician in Guatemala City for an ultrasound at 31 weeks brought a diagnosis that changed everything. It is a condition that affects development of the baby and can cause preterm birth. Florence’s son, Fernando, was born at 32 weeks in April of 2016 in Guatemala. Decisions needed to be made quickly. Fernando was taken by air ambulance to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Johns Hopkins All Children’s.

Nourishing souls

“The food program at Boys & Girls Clubs of Aguas Buenas is of great importance for each of the participants who visit the Club daily. Not only for themselves, but also for their relatives. Many parents sometimes have no income and have to deal with many financial problems. Therefore, it is difficult for them to have a dinner on the table every day. This program is of great help both for me and for each of the families that benefit from it.