Zeritu arrived at the hospital on a stretcher, near death. She was carried in from a nearby refugee camp. Malnourished and suffering from chronic starvation, her body was emaciated; her belly protruded with the weight of her child. Her child was stuck high up in her small pelvis. Without an emergency cesarean section, she and her child would surely die. When the medical team at the hospital performed a cesarean section, they found not one baby, but two. Both babies were dead.
Zeritu had lost her twins. She survived.
We visited the refugee camp where Zeritu lived. Makeshift shelters were roofed with empty USAID food bags. We met with the local Imam and presented him with a Ramadan gift from the Hasan Family Foundation. With this gesture of good will, the Imam promised that he would send women in to the nearby hospital so that they could access skilled medical assistance at the time of delivery.