One short story. One big event.
New Baby!  

A Christmas baby!
Thank God it was a happy event...it could have turned out so differently.   


On Christmas Eve
, an expectant mother in a remote Congolese village found herself in prolonged labor. She realized her baby was in trouble -- and so was she. Without access to a car or public transportation, her husband flagged down a passing truck and got her to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur clinic in Lemfu just in time. At the clinic, a doctor surgically delivered their baby girl in the early hours of Christmas morning. 

Because of a recent initiative by the Sisters, the Lemfu clinic now has electricity powered by solar panels connected to batteries. Thanks to this photovoltaic system this Christmas newborn entered the world in a blaze of light with the aid of sterilized surgical implements.Two years ago, before the Sisters had installed the system, the possibility of surgical deliveries at Lemfu did not exist. Two years ago, babies were delivered by the light of a kerosene lantern. 

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