New born twins - one life saved

Jan 8, 2006
Bruges, Belgium
As I told here before we went to Africa with 61 people. A group contructionworkers to build a new school, teachers to train the local teachers, and a small medical team. One morning a woman arrived at the medical post with twins that were born some hours before. A very strong boy and a girl that was completely dehydrated.
Birgit, the pediatrician that joined us, saved the baby's life. Two days later we saw the girl and she was looking very good.

I've made this pictures for Birgit who is going to hang them in the waiting room of her cabinet. To tell people about our project.
We have the OK of the mother to use these pictures and show people how conditions in the Gambia are.

1. First check-up of the dehydrated girl
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2. The healthy boy
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3. closeup of the gril
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Feb 7, 2005
Annandale, VA
Just a note. The caution icon was not necessary; this is an excellent story. Doctors have such a sacred mission in life. I can't imagine the feeling of reward knowing because of one's action a human being will have an opportunity to live out their full life!

Thanks, Rich
May 5, 2005
I love the story and the photos. Having four month old twin grandsons who were 10 weeks premature and saved by wonderful doctors, I can surely relate to the mother of these babies. I'll bet she will be eternally grateful to your friend.

BTW, that little girl looks like a long baby. I love the beautiful cloths that the babies were wrapped in.
Jul 30, 2005
North Yorkshire born and bred in Edinburgh!!!
Jan........... you are one of the very few people on this forum........ and probably the whole Cafe........... that posts images that are so humbling and meaningful.............

I'm almost embarrased to even comment on them.

Astounding work.

Nov 7, 2005
Outstanding work Jan!! Please consider posting these in the "Photojournalism" forum as well.

I checked out your website and your "Sisters" portrait is exceptional also.

Some of the photos have the EXIF data intact and I see you're not using the super expensive glass, yet still capturing amazing moments.

Further proof that "it's not the arrow, it's the Indian"

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