Lampedusa, from the tears for the death of Rokia to the happiness for the birth of Fatima

(from correspondent Elvira Terranova) – “You cannot imagine the happiness for the birth of little Fatima which took place last night on the Coast Guard patrol boat. Those tears of joy helped us overcome the tears of bitterness for Rokia’s death , just two days ago…”. Moussah is still excited. Long black braids pulled back, beard and mustache, he has eyes that smile. Moussah, whom everyone here in Lampedusa calls ‘Moses’, is the young cultural mediator recently hired by the Asp of Palermo. He is just 29 years old and he too arrived on a boat in 2017. Now he helps the migrants who arrive to be able to talk to the doctors and nurses. Last night, during the landing that took place a few miles from Lampedusa, a young woman originally from the Ivory Coast gave birth on board the Coast Guard patrol boat that had just landed at the island’s Favaloro pier. There wasn’t time to transfer her by ambulance to the Poliambulatorio. Assisted by doctors and nurses from the Asp of Palermo, Usmaf and 118, the woman, already mother of another daughter, gave birth to a baby girl. Little Fatima.

Just two days ago, the same doctors who gave birth to the new mother did everything to save another girl, Rokia, two and a half years old, also from the Ivory Coast. But they failed. She died of drowning syndrome in the shipwreck that had occurred a few hours earlier off the coast of Lampedusa. “We tried in every way to save her – Moussah tells Adnkronos – but she had drunk too much water and her lungs were now compromised. CPR lasted over an hour”.

It was the same cultural mediator, hired just a few months ago by the Asp of Palermo led by Daniela Faraoni, who had to tell Rokia’s young mother that the child hadn’t made it. “Dramatic moments she says-The girl was scared, desperate, sad. To get to Italy she had made many sacrifices”. It was the young mother who told Moussah, in the Jali dialect, the language spoken in the Ivory Coast, that during the shipwreck she had tried to save her baby. But she slipped into the water. “I was trying to hold her up as high as I could. But when we were rescued from her, her eyes were already closed,” she told the cultural mediator. “It’s only my fault,” Rokia’s mom kept repeating. “I shouldn’t have taken her with me on the trip.” The woman is now at the hotspot assisted by an ASP psychologist.

The entire medical team of the Poliambulatorio assisted the young mother

While little Fatima, born last night, with her mother are in the Agrigento hospital where they are treated after giving birth on the patrol boat. The young woman was assisted by health workers Angela Ferruzza, Cristina Geraci, Veronica Billeci, Maria Raimondo, Filippo Brancaleone and Nadia D’Agostino, as well as the cultural mediator of the ASP, Moussah. The PTE operators, Mauro Marino, Franco Galletto and Francesco Zappalà then transferred to the Contrada Grecale outpatient clinic to stabilize the mother and daughter, before being transported by helicopter to the Agrigento hospital, where they are now hospitalized for the normal postpartum course.

The Lampedusa medical center is coordinated by Dr. Francesco D’Arca. Who will do the cadaveric inspection on little Rokia today. With his arrival, a few months ago, the emergency landing team was doubled, with two ambulances, two drivers, two doctors, two nurses, supported by the 118 resuscitator and the Usmaf doctors, the maritime and air health offices and border. And it was D’Arca himself who wanted a cultural mediator, Moussah, who speaks various dialects and languages, such as Fula, Malinke, Susu, Jula, Bambara, Konia. “This birth has lifted our spirits a bit, after Rokia’s death,” says the young cultural mediator, as he prepares to leave Lampedusa. Today he returns to Palermo to spend the Christmas holidays with his loved ones. And immediately after Christmas he will return to Lampedusa. Ready for new health emergencies.