SOURCE: Save the Children

Save the Children

October 02, 2009 16:22 ET

Save the Children Helps Rescue Philippine Baby, First From Flooding, Then From Deadly Infection

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwire - October 2, 2009) - Save the Children has been responding to the urgent needs of displaced children and families since Tropical Storm Ketsana submerged much of Manila and the surrounding communities.

One of these children is a 2-week-old baby girl named Sachi, who was found by an aunt, lying in her bed as flood waters rose fast around her. She and a sibling were alone in their small house and the older child did not know what to do. Catastrophe was barely averted when the aunt came home early from work, found the children, and took them to a shelter supported by Save the Children in the hard-hit Cainta region.

But baby Sachi was not yet out of harm's way. That evening she developed a fever and other signs of sepsis, a serious infection that can kill a newborn baby if not treated immediately. Sachi's mother and aunt did not recognize the seriousness of Sachi's illness at first, so they did not seek help. Fortunately, a team of Save the Children medical experts working at the shelter examined Sachi and saw right away the danger she was in. They rushed her to the hospital, where she was treated for her condition, and her life was saved.

Since the storm hit less than a week ago, Save the Children has distributed more than 5,000 kits of relief items, including clothing, blankets, hygiene supplies and temporary shelters. Now, Save the Children staff are working to set up food distribution and Child Friendly Spaces in evacuation shelters, as thousands of families flee coastal communities for higher ground.

Filipino authorities report that Tropical Storm Ketsana affected nearly 2 million people and forced the evacuation of 567,000. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has placed the country under a "state of calamity" in anticipation of the landfall this weekend of Typhoon Parma, a category 5 storm heading directly towards the Philippines. The typhoon currently has sustained winds of 138 mph and the government is preparing for mudslides and flooding.

Save the Children has been working in the Philippines for 27 years.

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