Our Community Team answered the call of a Burmese migrant woman named Mali La from a village just off the main highway. She was looking for help from Compasio to care for an infant she had recently taken in. She told the team this amazing story.
As the unofficial midwife for several local villages, two weeks previously Mali La had been called to help deliver a baby. Since it was late she had stayed the night and early the next morning made her way home on her motorbike. Crossing the highway meant she had to get off her bike to safely manoeuvre it. She crossed at a place very near a small bridge, which contained a concrete culvert. As she was pushing her bike she heard a faint crying sound. At first she was afraid, imagining that it might be a ghost or some sort of spirit. Her instincts however led her to investigate, following the cries down into the ditch and to the mouth of the culvert. There, inside the pipe, she found a newborn baby boy wrapped in a Burmese longyi cloth. The infant was still unwashed and had his umbilical cord attached — clearly very recently born. Of his mother, there was no sign.
There, inside the pipe, she found the newborn
Mali La took the baby home , cleaned him up and fed him on formula she had bought. She and her husband, a construction worker, decided to raise the little one. Mali La and her husband already have one little boy of six and had wanted another child. She sees this baby as a gift from God and feels blessed to have found him in such an incredible way. She clearly loves him, as do the neighbours who help to care for him when Mali La has to go out.
He would have certainly died
The extraordinary thing is that the day after the baby was found, there was a heavy downpour of rain which completely filled this same culvert with water. If Mali La had not found the little one, he would have certainly died.
Kelly, our nurse, and Joy, who is a member of our Community Team visited her again a few days later, and report that the baby is healthy and, according to Joy, “very beautiful”! The baby has a name which in Karen means – “he will be an important man.” Compasio now provides formula for the baby and will be an ongoing support in this family.
Our Community Team are the heroes at the front line of Compasio’s work, serving in the most vulnerable communities along the Burmese border. The stories of their day-to-day work are truly inspirational. Please support them monthly!