“I felt a lump form in the back of my throat as she tried to console me in return, after I had just explained to her that her baby was very sick and that although we had tried our best to help him, I was not sure he would make it.
She was a petite woman; mother of two – who had just given birth to her third child. Tears welled up in her eyes but she held them back. I put my arms around her and said no more. It was an unspoken understanding that a sick newbornâ€™s life is fragile in this country and that the loss of a child (or children) is a common occurrence in many womenâ€™s lives. But that still does not take the pain away from a mother, whose maternal instincts are to nurture and protect her children.From MSF’s field blogs, Dr. Wong Poh Fei describes working to save a very sick newborn in Afghanistan: