The Healing Power of Love
We are often overwhelmed by the healing power of faith, love and touch and Erin is a perfect example of
this. Erin joined the world on the 15 September 2010, she was only 30 weeks old and weighed 1.1kg.
She was discharged home but became a very sick little girl and was readmitted to Tygerberg hospital with persistent coughing,
vomiting, high temperature and severe oral thrush. While being treated for these, she also developed pneumonia.
Erin was referred to St Josephs in March 2011 as a six month old and weighed 2.4 kg. Due to her size, the St Joseph's 'angels'
decided to feed Erin via a nasal gastric tube to help save her energy and build up her strength. As she strengthened she was placed back onto bottle feeding.
Erin is now nine months old and weighs 3.1.kg. Although her weight gain is slow, she is an intelligent child who always has a
ready smile when she sees someone approaching her cot.
Her eyes are her windows into a soul that has experienced so much pain in such a short time, but also reflect an even stronger iron will to survive.
Erin's progress is due to the excellent care and more importantly the love from the special staff and volunteers who surround her.
Every child born into this world is a new thought of God, an ever fresh and radiant possibility.
Kate Douglas Wiggin