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Foster Triplets hands over much-needed gifts to Sav hospital

Published:Tuesday | October 12, 2021 | 12:05 AMAshley Anguin/Gleaner Writer
Mikaili, Malaika and Mahari Foster and Dr Ludrick Morris, paediatric consultant, unveils the infant incubator at the handover ceremony at the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital on Friday.
Mikaili, Malaika and Mahari Foster and Dr Ludrick Morris, paediatric consultant, unveils the infant incubator at the handover ceremony at the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital on Friday.
From left: Mikaili, Malaika, Councillor Bertel Moore, mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, and Mahari Foster demonstrate the use of the bilirubinometer at the handover ceremony at the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital on Friday.
From left: Mikaili, Malaika, Councillor Bertel Moore, mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, and Mahari Foster demonstrate the use of the bilirubinometer at the handover ceremony at the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital on Friday.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

“We believe as youths, we were born to make a difference.” Those are the words that the Foster Triplets made actionable last Friday when they donated an infant incubator and a bilirubinometer, valued at $1.5 million, to the paediatric ward at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland.

After spending time in the hospital in February 2020, the triplets – 19-year-old Mikaili, Malaika, and Mahari Foster – saw first-hand some of the needs of the hospital and decided to find a way to assist the facility.

“We did an inquiry and contacted Dr Ludrick Morris, the paediatric consultant, and he informed us of the four equipment needed. This prompted us to start the initiative because of the positive impact it would have,” one member of the trio, who are busily carving out a name for themselves in music, explained. “Our aim was to raise US$20,000 but, in doing a virtual concert and donations, we raised a little over $1 million.

The triplets told The Gleaner that giving back to this hospital was always a dream because that was where they were born, and based on what they have heard, they received excellent care from the staff, hence their decision to form their charity to help the hospital.

“The ‘We Will Rise Limited’ charity was created and, by God’s grace, we will donate the other two pieces of equipment and give the paediatric wing a facelift. We cannot do it alone, so we are calling on corporate Jamaica and anyone who wants to partner with us.”

WELCOME ADDITION

Morris was full of gratitude for the much-needed gift, and said the hospital was happy to forge a partnership with the Foster triplets going forward.

“This great initiative was absolutely essential. They are phenomenal girls and I am happy that they are a part of the paediatric team. I want to point out that the infant incubator was vital for us,” said Morris. “This is a welcome addition to what we have here, so we are grateful. This time of the year you would have crop season (the time when the number of births usually peaks), (and so) the burden on the hospital and the demand for specialised equipment like an incubator is increased.”

“We are extremely happy for the bilirubinometer because this is the first time we are getting one. It is used to check the level of jaundice for the baby. It is vital, because a lot of babies have a very high level of jaundice,” said Morris. “If not detected and treated early, it can cross over into the brain and cause brain damage. Equipment like this will have us go a long way and also save us time from going to the lab and waiting on results for hours.”

Apart from this noble act, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Foster Triplets have donated food and toiletries valuing over $500,000. It included feeding the street people and other needy residents in communities such as Grange Hill, Little London and Savanna-la-Mar.

“In August 2020, we donated $1 million to the Ministry of Education in The Bahamas to assist the children who were affected by Hurricane Dorian. Our support extends beyond Jamaica, because we believe we should make a difference wherever we go. We know the power of youthful exuberance combined with wisdom and experience from those who walked before us,” a member of the trio explained.

Savanna-la-Mar Mayor Bertel Moore said he was proud of the young ladies and admires the work they are doing for the community.

“I urge other ‘Westmorelites’ to stand up and do what is needed to help the Foster Triplets in achieving their goals,” said Moore, who was present for the handing over of the gifts to the hospital.

The parents of the triplets, Markquin and Nicole Foster, said they feel honoured to be the parents of girls who have grown to be such talented and caring individuals.

“They were premature babies born here at the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital. One of them, as a baby, was just turning yellow and the doctors could not determine what was wrong,” the mother said. “The mere fact that they are here today is a blessing. They are really here for a purpose, and we are trying to fulfil that purpose God has them here for. We have encouraged the spirit of volunteerism since they were very young, so it is a natural part of them.”