Baby Mackenson: A little miracle from God

Last year, just before Haiti was struck by the earthquake, a little baby boy was born in a very tiny home about 50 yards from our home. This is baby Mackenson. After the earthquake, during his first few days, our family ministered to him by providing baby formula for his mother. His mother didn’t want to breastfeed him. So we taught his mom how to prepare the baby formula for him and how often to feed him. We also provided her with clean filtered water to make the food for him and, as per an American doctor, we also provided the mom with a daily multivitamin for the little one. Every week, we would supply her with a new can of baby formula. Thanks to GO Ministries and The Hands and Feet Project we were able to secure a good supply of formula that we were saving exclusively for Mackenson. Unfortunately, his mom was not feeding him properly, if she was feeding him at all. We found out that she wanted the milk to last so she would only feed him one bottle per day.

We hardly saw Mackenson and his mom. Even though we spent a lot of time  with Mackenson’s family, the baby and his mother were not often seen outside. The weekly can of formula and water were often delivered through one of the family members. It was after several weeks of supplying the formula to Mackenson’s mom that I (Maria) finally saw the mom and the baby sitting outside the small house. I immediately went to see him. On that day, Mark Stuart from The Hands and Feet Project, John Martinez from GO Ministries, and David Peters came to our neighborhood to see and shoot a video of what we were doing. Upon coming to the area where mom and baby were, we saw how poorly he looked and we knew that he was in desperate need.

This is Mackenson’s story. It is a miracle story from a God of miracles who wants to use His people to reach out to people with His love. He is still in the business of doing the impossible and little Mackenson is a huge example of His greatness. Check out his story.

12 thoughts on “Baby Mackenson: A little miracle from God

  1. Thank you for sharing this story. Praise God for Mackenson and for all of the people serving God in Haiti. I shared this with my family over in Europe also. May the Lord nurture him richly and raise him to be a true servant of the Lord.

  2. Glad to hear that the baby pulled through. It is sad that his mother felt she had to abandon him, and sounds like she has given up on herself too. I believe many infants of HIV+ mothers will test positive in the antibody screen at birth and for some time afterwards, depending on what the mother’s viral load was during pregnancy and at birth. But they do not always become HIV infected, thankfully. Too bad donor human milk was not an option for this infant, nor for the many millions of infants who cannot or whose mothers will not breastfeed them. Or maybe it was? How can find out what the status of using human donor milk is in Haiti?

  3. Although he is now adopted into another family, how many others did not have so lucky a fate? Sadly, it was very likely the provision of formula that set this story down the ultimate path it took. Please, please, please, research the World Health Organization’s wonderful evidence based handbook on infant and young child feeding in emergencies (which includes when the mom is HIV positive). Providing formula only dooms this story to repeat over and over.

    http://www.wpro.who.int/internet/files/eha/toolkit/web/Technical%20References/Nutrition/Infant%20and%20Young%20Child%20Feeding%20in%20Emergencies.pdf

  4. Praises to our Lord God! He IS a God of miracles. What a different looking baby then when I first laid eyes on him in July. So glad he is at The Hands & Feet Project. I look forward to seeing what awesome plans God has for Makenson! Thank you for all your love & prayers for him. You are in our prayers and on our hearts –

  5. The poor baby; i’m so glad that he made it through okay, and found a family that could care for him. Thank God that the mother came around and brought him back to the hospital; her actions may not have seemed very loving, but in the long run it sounds like she did the best she could for her son.

  6. Hi Angela,

    Thank you so much for showing much concern for the children of Haiti. I (Maria) totally understand your concern about children formula instead of encouraging the mother to breastfeed. I am a mother myself. I am a firm believer in breastfeeding and I breastfed all of my children until they themselves weaned themselves. There are times, however, that this is not a possible solution. In Haiti child slavery is a huge problem. We have reason to believe that Mackenson’s mom is or was a child slave. She didn’t know who Mackenson’s dad is. She conceived from a man who used her for sex and then left her. She also was unaware that she was HIV positive. The first time she heard of it was when Mackenson was tested at the clinic. This was not the first time she had a child either. Mackenson is her third child. The first one she abandoned. The second one died from malnutrition because she did not want to breastfeed him nor cared about him. She also didn’t know who the father was.

    When you begin to truly look into the story you notice more than a mom who doesn’t want to breastfeed out of ignorance or pride. This is a woman filled with pain because of her own pain and unfortunately is only transferring her pain to her child by rejecting him and letting him to die. As a woman I can understand why she couldn’t connect with her child.

    We are only doing what we believe God is calling us to do and in the process reaching out to those who are helpless. Today, Mackenson is thriving. Not because his mom cared, but because others did. And in our hearts we are thankful to God for sparing him and pray that God will use him in the future to reach out to others like him. God bless.

  7. Maria, I’m not sure how I stumble upon your blog, but I’m so glad I did. I now sponsor Mackey with David and four other people. I remember meeting him when he was about two months old at Sisters Of Charity when he was so little and dressed in pink. I can’t believe how much he’s grown!! Last I saw him was in January/February and let me tell you; hes a thick little boy!. I will be going to see him again in two weeks, and im sure he’ll be even bigger!!! Thank you so much for all you did to help him and his family, it’s so interesting to hear more about them, and how God worked in their lives!
    Thank you!!

  8. Hi Brittaney, I am so happy to hear you are sponsoring Mackey. He is a precious boy. It is totally a God-story that we found him and His grace that gave us the ability, wisdom, and love to do what everyone of us involved did. We thank the H&F people for taking care of him. And we can’t wait to see what the Lord will do in his life. Thank you sooooo much for being part of it. 🙂

  9. I know this is a stretch, but do you have any photos of him before he went to Sisters of Charity, and later to us?

  10. Brittaney…I’m not sure about that. I’d have to check some of our old hard drives. I’ll let you know if I come across anything.

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