We now have surfactant in Haiti!
Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare has generously been given a donation of a 1-year supply of surfactant for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). “Surfactant reduces the surface tension of fluid in the lungs and helps make the small air sacs in the lungs (alveoli) more stable. This keeps them from collapsing when an individual exhales. In preparation for breathing air, fetuses begin making surfactant while still in the womb. Babies that are born very prematurely often lack adequate surfactant and must receive surfactant replacement therapy immediately after birth in order to breathe”. This is a great opportunity for us as Hospital Bernard Mevs houses Haiti’s only NICU. Because of this donation from BLES Biochemicals, Inc., we can now give premature infants in Haiti a much better chance at survival.
Photo by Jennifer Rogers in the NICU at Hospital Bernard Mevs
Thank you BLES Biochemicals, Inc, Kelly Beck and Dave Bjarneson for your incredible donation.