Today we are mourning the loss of one of our nannies. Madame Kisnail, who was 8 months pregnant with twin girls died this morning giving birth. Last night she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at home. It took 2 hours to get to a hospital. The other baby was not coming out and died inside. Madame Kisnail had toxemia and died of blood loss and complications. Last night she was over getting a check up with Dr. Stryker. We knew things were going downhill, but not that quickly. She was going to have an appointment with her doctor today and schedule a time to have the babies this week. She was nervous for her babies because so many twins die that are born prematurely. Both of the babies looked extremely healthy in the womb. Frentz, Dr. Stryker and I got to the hospital early this morning. Dr. Stryker scrubbed in and I watched through the window and sat with the family. I was there with her sisters, husband, sister-in-laws and other relatives. Dree noticed that she was very cold and I began collecting sheets, towels, and extra clothing from family members. Next thing I new Dr. Stryker was just shaking her head. I went out to the family with tears streaming down my face. They were all crowding around me asking if she had died. I had no words. I just fell to the ground weeping. The family took off through the hospital hallways screaming to God, crying, and throwing themselves. Panic spread quickly. Her husband stood still in shock. I took the baby home and Myslene has been breastfeeding her this afternoon. (She is Myslene's niece, Mr. Kisnail is Myslene's brother)
Madame Kisnail was a wonderful mother to our children. She loved our HOPE House kids so much. Over the past few months our friendship has been developing. We were giving her all of the little matching outfits and blankets for her babies. We even had their baptismal dresses all picked out. She was so excited to be having twin girls. At first she thought I would fire her for being pregnant, but it ended up just drawing us closer. Last night we were joking around about the babies needing to be born before I left! I needed to meet them before they were 4 months old! The last thing I said to her before she got in the car to leave was, "I love you and those little babies!"
Madame Kisnail loved Jesus very much. She is with the father holding her precious angel baby, and we have the other one here with us at HOPE House.
Please pray for her family during this time of mourning. Our dear friends can't cope with anymore loss and pain. Pray especially for the father. He now has 2 daughters to care for and no job. He is still living in a tent city.
Her little baby doesn't have a name yet. She is a strong little 4lb 9oz baby. She is sucking well and just peed all over my hand. You can see her picture above. I took is in the hospital while she was laying on my lap waiting for news about Mama. She only got to meet her mother for a few brief moments.
Mr. Kisnail is coming over tonight to discuss funeral arrangments. If you would like to help Madame Kisnail's family we are looking at about $1,500-$2,000 in medical expenses and funeral costs. The Kisnails have $76 in savings.