Life is always full of adventure here in Belize! Yesterday I (Melissa) went to town to do my weekly shopping and I received a call from a girl that we know in a remote village. I could hardly understand what she was saying, but she asked if we could quickly come and get a lady who was having a baby and she was very sick. I left town immediately and called home to tell Jervis to prepare the truck to go up to get this young lady. I pulled together all my medical stuff, thinking of every scenario that I could run into with the limited amount of information that I had.
The drive to the village normally takes about 2-3 hours depending on the road. Then you have to hike in 2-4 hours depending on the trail. We were so excited when we came to the last village before you have to start hiking and noticed the bull dozer had come in and made a road. We were able to drive until we met about 20 of the villagers caring this lady in a homemade gurney. I did a quick assessment to find a full-term mom at the very last stage of labor. I will not go into great detail, but let’s just say if she had been in the hospital the baby would have been born within 15-20 minutes, if not sooner.
I knew that I had the knowledge to deliver the baby, but prayed God would allow us to get her to the hospital since delivering in the jungle or the back of a truck would not be ideal; especially since I don’t have all the right equipment. The whole ride her face bore so much pain. Several times we stopped, when she said she couldn’t take it anymore. I thought for sure I would end up doing the delivery. I was so amazed at her strength and ability to hold on. I don’t think I could have ever had that control. She never screamed, she never cried, her eyes where the only thing that told her pain.
We finally made it to the hospital and she delivered the baby as soon as they got her back to the delivery room. She had a beautiful baby girl, 6 lbs. 1 ounce. They are both healthy and doing great! The sweetest part was they named her after me and thanked me over and over for all I did for them. They made sure to have me write my name down so that they spelled it right. I was so honored!
The whole time I was thinking to myself what an honor it is to live my life. How blessed are we that we would be able to make such a difference in someone’s life. That privilege comes from first the Lord, but then from you! We could not have done all we did to help this lady if it were not for those of you that have surrounded yourself around us. Whether through prayer, or words of encouragement, or donating a vehicle or donating the funds so that we could purchase the gas, or food for the family, or diapers for the baby. We never once had to stop and say that we couldn’t help because we didn’t have a way to help. That is AMAZING! THANK YOU! Thank you for being so willing to let us be here to help when God brings a need! We pray God will show you the difference that you make, that He will show you that even though we may be the physical hands here, that we couldn’t have done it without your obedience as well.
Jervis and Melissa Fisher