Sunday, May 27, 2012

baby Kevin starving eventually to death

This is baby Kevin a month or so before his death/diappearance from Shishu Bhavan in Royapuram Chennai in 1998. I write this with much sadness as I recall how little I could do to stop this. Though I spent from 8am to 5pm or later everyday I could not convince the nuns to feed this dear baby more milk. He was being fed about 3 times a day from 8-5 only 20mls of milk each time in a syringe. There was another little boy similarly suffering from being underfed. I used to feed both at the same time as they were starving and crying- they were so tiny they easily fitted on my knees. I often think of kevin and wish I had been brave enough to run away with him. The nuns locked up the milk in a cupboard and gave very small amounts out to share between the other 15 babies. One adoptive mother begged me to make sure her child was OK---- we couldn't do enough to save them - the nuns did not want to learn how to treat malnutrition-instead by believing malnourished babies did better on less protein they created more suffering and failure to thrive... I fear it may still be the same---- please assist these children if you can..


  1. "If you haven't any charity in your heart you have the worst kind of heart trouble" to cure it Help people, let's unite for one good cause, be a volunteer"save lives"! mawaddainternationalaid

  2. Do we need to donate more then since there is so little to go around? Is that your point for it is not logical why ladies who dedicate their lives to helping the poor would resort to ill-treating them deliberately, for no apparent reasons?

  3. I don't know if you still read this, but I really want to help these babies..could you tell me how? It's just so hard to go about these things, because you never know where the money goes.. thanks.