With all the great intentions of writing last night, the hotel "turned off" the computer system at bedtime - alas!
So a quick update before the group starts talking about me!
Yes the bags all came. The clinic is running "smoothly" (what a laugh!!). The child health week has been an amazing testimony to the efforts of Gary Collins and Coral Matus
The stories we hear never stop humbling, confusing and inspiring us.
Just one quick one ....a beautiful 21 year girl came in from a neighboring town. She is the "director" of garden program in her town. With beautiful eyes, a tranquil face and infectious smile, it's hard to imagine she'd have a bad day. Then her story unfolded. Last year, she became pregnant and her boyfriend quickly left her. When she was 7 months pregnant, she had a fairly uneventful "fall". (People fall here all the time for numerous reasons). Anyway, her baby was born 6 weeks later at the hospital. Some of the women who are the most conscientious and caring of their children go to the hospital because they think it's the safest thing to do.
Well....as usual, when her perfectly healthy baby was born, the doctor separated her from the boy. They were too busy so they didn't reunite her with the baby for most of the day and they fed the baby milk (not formula). Needless to say, they continued encouraging her to give the baby powdered milk so that by the time she got home, her milk never came in. So what options are left???? Powdered milk with filthy water and sugar with filthy water. Long story short....the baby was dead within a week. But the saddest part was that she was told and continued to believe that the baby died because she fell when she was pregnant!! Her tears flowed as she described her guilt to us.
These stories go on all day.
We spent 2 hours last night at the home of "Daniel" , the boy with the huge decubitus ulcer in his anus. We assembled the wound vac and with the Now he has a chance for survival. A huge THANK YOU to Dr. Dave Mallory for his unrelenting efforts in not accepting the concept that somethings just can't be done.
My daughter, Laura, sent me a quote today from George Bernard Shaw. "Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people."
Let's pray then that we can all be unreasonable!