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Monday, March 06, 2006

No Hugging, No Kissing for Sarawak Children

"The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."
(Ps 121:7-8)

“During such a critical time, you don’t have to hug and kiss your children often.”

I do try to find some amusement reading news every morning though most of the news are not so amusing. This advice came from Dr Faizul Mansoor, the Divisional Medical Officer while speaking at the HFM Disease dialogue organized by one of the Clan Associations here. The statement sounds like it's a duty and a difficult task for parents to hug and kiss their children and what a relief that they do not need to do it now!

But, Dr Faizul did not mean that. He identified his feelings with parents. He said this could be painful emotionally, but they found such precautions necessary because the infection could be transmitted through such close contact.

But parents, don’t despair, read on –

One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving, Texas, Danae was sitting in her mother’s lap in the bleachers of a local ballpark where her brother Dustin’s baseball team was practicing. As always, Danae was chattering non-stop with her mother and several other adults sitting nearby when she suddently fall silent. Hugging her arms across the chest, Danae asked, “Do you smell that?”

Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana (the mother) replied, “Yes, it smells like rain.”

Danae closed her eyes and again asked, “Do you smell that?”

Once again, her mother replied, “Yes, I think we’re about to get wet, it smells like rain.”

Still caught in the moment, Danae shook her head, patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced, “No, it smells like Him. It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest.”

Tears blurred Diana’s eyes as Danae then happily hopped down to play with the other children.

Before the rains came, her daughter’s words confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extending Blessing family had known, at least in their hearts, all along. During those long days and nights of Danae’s first two months of her life, when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was holding Danae on His chest and it is His loving scent that she remembers so well.

Danae was born premature at 24 weeks. She was 12 inches long and weighing only one pound and nine ounces. The doctor said Danae had only 10 percent chance living through the night and if by slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one. But Danae clung to life hour after hour, with the help of every medical machine and marvel her miniature body could endure. It was an agony for the David and Diana (parents). Because Danae’s underdeveloped nervous system was essentially raw, the lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so they couldn’t even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength of their love. All they could do, as Danae struggled alone beneath the ultraviolet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl. Danae went home from hospital two months later.

You would have probably received this widely circulated inspiration stories on the internet through emails forwarded to you. Truth or Fiction has confirmed with the Blessings who confirmed the story is true. Read it here.


1 comment(s):

This dreadful disease can pass on very easily, and that requires parents and adults to avoid direct contact with the children as preacautions.

But in their absence, let's hope and pray that God sends a divine replacement to comfort these children.

By Blogger Joepsc, at 4:20 pm  

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