Her new husband, who refused to take in Ketut's daughter from her previous marriage has not looked after Ketut or the baby either. When we took Ketut's daughter (Vita) to stay with her Mum and new brother for a couple of days she only ate rice and salt, and because Ketut had been having trouble with her milk she had been feeding the 1 month old baby, which was now yellow, with mashed banana's. I am certain that if Kadek and Yohana had not stepped in so that we could provide food and medical assistance the baby probably would not have survived.
We visited Ketut today where she is staying in a
|Virginia, Ketut & bub, Yohana and Kadek|
We are working on a strategy that will see Komang (the husband) allow Ketut to return to the kids home with the baby so we can care for them. It's impossible at the moment because it is Balinese custom that a baby cannot leave the village until it is 3 months old. We are hopeful that we can persuade her husband but it will not be easy, because this is his first son, his other wife having had three daughters. Please pray for a positive outcome.
In the meantime we are providing food, medicine and essentials. Our main aim is to first ensure that Ketut can produce enough breast milk to feed the bub.