St. Luke's $50,000 Donation Helps Expectant Mothers in Honduras

By Nadia Crow, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- A $50,000 donation will help women in one Central American country deliver babies healthier and safer. St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids is sending several pieces of medical equipment to a women's clinic in Honduras. This equipment could mean the difference between life and death.

It's simple things that mothers in our country might take for granted. Hearing your baby's heartbeat, having regular check-ups and having the latest technology at your child's birth are all things Honduran moms might not get. An old bed has helped hundreds of Eastern Iowa mothers give birth to healthy babies. Women's hospitals and clinics in third world countries don't have this luxury.

"Now they're going to have a nice bed with a mattress and really these people might not have ever slept on a mattress," said Saint Luke's Hospital Registered Nurse Supervisor Marcine Bean.

Thanks to 29 year registered nurse Cathy Loy, the 'old equipment' at Saint Luke's will find a new home in Honduras at La Buena Fey, a small women's clinic where Loy visits and volunteers once a year.

"We have no way of listening to babies to know whether they're doing ok so this will be very nice to listen and if we need a little tracing we can do that," said Saint Luke's Hospital Registered Nurse Cathy Loy.

With this fetal monitor, doctors and nurses in Honduras can listen to mom and baby and get a printout of some very important numbers.
"I emailed the Honduran doctor that maybe we can get a fetal monitor and some beds," said Loy.

In all, the beds, mattresses, and monitor total more than 50-thousand dollars. Equipment Loy convinced her supervisor Marcine Bean and the higher-ups at Saint Luke's to donate.

"We're able to go to Honduras and help people who've never had this equipment before and help people and offer that to the clinic to the staff," said Bean.

A request and a donation all amounted to the gift of life. You can help Saint Luke's help "La Buena Fey" in Honduras by making donations. Right now, Loy is setting a website where Eastern Iowans can help that country have healthy babies.
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