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Nora's Story: From Abandoned to Cherished

Updated: Jun 1, 2022

Nora Duvert

February 27, 2018 - May 22, 2022

Nora was laid to rest on Saturday, May 28th, 2022 surrounded by her family, friends, and members of the community.

We are heartbroken about her tragic loss but grateful to have been part of her redemptive story by allowing her a second chance at LIFE and a loving, forever family.

Nora came to live at myLIFEspeaks in September 2020 after she was abandoned at a nearby hospital with no one to care for her.

She joined her forever family at myLIFEspeaks with mother, Mirlande; father, Rigal; and siblings, Richard, Reichna, Mika, Emmanuel, Sara, and Kellie. She was adored and cherished by her family, friends, physical therapists, and the entire community.

Monday, May 23, 2022

It is with completely broken hearts that we come to you this morning asking for prayer for our myLIFEspeaks family. Nora, one of the children in our forever care, tragically passed away from a seizure yesterday.

On Sunday morning, Milande, Nora’s mother, was getting the kids up for church and Nora was having a seizure.

Claudy, a dear friend of myLIFEspeaks, rushed Milande and Nora to Camjo hospital where they were turned away, stating they had no pediatrician on staff.

As they were going to Diquini (a different hospital), Nora stopped breathing. Claudy pulled over on the side of the road to do CPR but he could not get her to start breathing again.

They rushed to Diquini hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

We are devastated.

Please pray especially for Milande, her husband Rigal, and Nora’s siblings who absolutely adored her. They are crushed.

Please be praying for the myLIFEspeaks family and Nora’s family as we grieve her loss.

Nora's Story

In September 2020, Nora along with three other children who were abandoned at a local hospital found their forever homes and families at myLIFEspeaks.

Haitian Child Services had contacted us and requested we go evaluate and see if we could help two little girls with special needs who were in the “Abandoned Children’s Unit” of the hospital. They also wanted us to evaluate another little boy for placement but they weren’t sure he would survive until then; now named Zion.

Between the time of our initial visit and our return to bring the children home, a fourth child, a little girl named Nora, was brought to the same “Abandoned Children’s Unit”.

Nora had been left at a different HIV hospital but was cleared as not HIV positive and moved to the same hospital as Ella, Zion, and Zara three days before we were coming to get them. Nora has special needs as well; including developmental and cognitive delays and other unknown neurological issues.

In prayer, we decided Nora was meant to come home to Neply with a family too.

Nora, joined the family home of parents, Rigal and Milande. Nora was welcomed with open arms by their three other myLIFEspeaks' children and three biological children. Nora was their first child with special needs.

Nora was spoiled and adored by her siblings and her parents. We'd often find her sitting out front of her house with her dad, Rigal. Her brothers and sisters would wrestle for her attention. They loved playing with her and always wanted to be around her. When they get home from school, the first thing they'd ask was, “Where's Nora?”.

Pictured from Left to Right - Richard, Milande, Reichna (top), Mika (bottom), Rigal, Nora, Emmanuel, Sara (Not pictured: Kellie)

Nora regularly attended LIFE Therapy to continue working on developing functional movement. She had shown great improvement in head control, awareness, and was able to turn her head to look for things she hears. Nora was non-verbal but did vocalize and cry to express needs. She loved to play with her siblings but slept most of the time.

Nora working with Amendocia, Physical Therapist at LIFE Therapy Clinic.

She was eating and playing well and it was as if she had been a part of this family forever! She received a great report from her medical checkup/lab work and we continued to work with her to determine a proper neurological diagnosis.

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