As the west celebrated New Year’s Eve, Buse waited at the hospital with her husband for the birth of their third child. It should have been a happy prospect, but Buse had a history of complicated pregnancies and her health was at risk. She would need a cesarean section to survive delivery.
Earlier that year, a local health worker recognized Buse’s high risk and advised that she go to the hosptial two weeks prior to her due date. Buse lived miles away, too far to arrive in time once her labor began. She and her husband traveled to Dembi Dollo, but they had no place to stay and could not support themselves while they waited for delivery.
The hospital administrator took pity on Buse and admitted her to the hospital. Two days later, Buse underwent a C-section and gave birth to a healthy 9 pound baby girl. She and her husband proudly showed off baby Sarah over the next few days as Buse recovered from surgery.