My Tiny Precious Baby

 

He loved her and she loved him – of their love that was the summary,

And it was just their little bundle of joy that still seemed to tarry,

So they paid and prayed years, though their doctor told them not to worry,

Till he called them back at last, “Guess what? Your Christmas is going to be extra-merry!”

 

Preparations were oh so many, but always timely,

Nothing would be permitted to disrupt that important appointment, surely,

Till out of the blue – just 7-and-a-half months through – waters broke suddenly,

And rushing to the hospital, they were told: “It seems Christmas for you this year comes early!”

 

Born premature, survival wasn’t sure,

But even with money there, this had no cure,

Tubes for feeding and tubes for breathing, in one incubator to keep baby alive,

Which he shared with two other babies in their separate fights to cling to life…

 

Eight weeks later, baby Kwaku was the only survivor,

Sleepless nights and close calls aplenty had had his parents on edge on the hour,

Costs financial, physical and emotional now ran high astronomically,

Till speechless joy met them one morning, “It is well now, you can finally go home safely.”

 

Five years later showed no hint of the trauma surrounding Little Kwaku’s birth,

But his parents, they knew his survival had already many times defied human logic,

Knowing that were it not for money, drugs, a plastic box with tubes, and a healthy dose of daily prayer,

His incredible story of life would have easily ended as a footnote – just one more sad statistic…

 

 


 

17th November happens to be World Prematurity Day. Though it seems like something that occurs on the fringe of our society, it is indeed a reality of our existence which needs more social awareness and support from all avenues. Stand up for preemies today – it is not a death sentence to be born before your time!

#PreemiesAreValuableToo

#HelpThemThrive

#HandwashingSavesTheirLives

 

…Tele 😉

 

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12 Comments

  1. Nana Ama said:

    That rhyme scheme though 🙌🏾. It’s such a beautiful piece. Thank you for the awareness.

    November 18, 2017
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  2. Modupe said:

    Oops… Typo I meant, who would’ve known huh?

    November 17, 2017
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  3. Modupe said:

    Thank you Tele. On behalf of all other preemies in the world. Would would’ve known huh?

    November 17, 2017
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    • Tele said:

      Lol! Who would’ve known ampa…

      November 18, 2017
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  4. Benny said:

    Thanks for the reminder Tele

    November 17, 2017
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    • Tele said:

      You’re welcome, Benny

      November 18, 2017
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  5. aure said:

    Nice,l never knew they had a day for it,my 4little cousins,all of them at different times and year,only two survived toll date,one 5,the other 3
    we give God all the glory

    November 17, 2017
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    • Tele said:

      Wow! That’s some testimony right there, Aure

      November 18, 2017
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  6. Precious said:

    Lovely! Preemies are little soldiers totally worth celebrating… both the strong and the weak ones! Those angels who win fights but choose to watch over us from above and those who win the final battle as well to remain our living testimony angels…

    November 17, 2017
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    • Tele said:

      Go Preemies! 😀

      November 18, 2017
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  7. MayD said:

    Hmm… it’s such a trauma… I remember my nephew 5 years ago… was so scated he couldn’t make it, but he is an active stubborn lovely boy running around.
    We give thanks to God😇

    November 17, 2017
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    • Tele said:

      Thanks, always! The stress involved too eh?!

      November 18, 2017
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