In partnership with Pampers, actress and humanitarian Salma Hayek has been spending time in Africa on a UNICEF mission to raise awareness for tetanus. One child dies every three minutes from Tetanus, a preventable disease.
A recent ABC news report followed the actress and reported that Salma stood at a baby’s bedside as she took her last breath, as the 7 day old baby’s young mother, looked on. If the woman had simply been given a vaccine while pregnant, a medication that only costs 7 measly cents, the newborn would still be alive today.
At another clinic, Salma Hayek was so moved at seeing the suffering of a starving baby who was born on the same day as her little girl, Valentina, that she picked up the baby and nursed him.
Hayek appeared on last Thursday’s Today Show and talked about it. Kathie Lee Gifford asked, “You found a child that was starving to death, the mother had no milk – and you nursed that baby?” Hayek nodded and then said, “It’s about women sticking together and we really need to help the children in any way we can.”
As a soon to be mother in 13 short days when we adopt our little girl, I had a visceral reaction to this story. The idea of baby’s dying of preventable diseases and circumstances makes me feel both sad and frustrated. We must continue to teach our children the Powerful Words of citizenship, generosity, kindness, empathy and compassion. Reading about some people’s comments about this “contraversial” story, especially those condemning Salma for nursing another woman’s baby, or calling it “disgusting”or “unnatural,” leads me to wonder just how far away from “natural” we’ve all come.
What are your reactions to this story?If your child asked you about it, what would you say?
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