Monday, September 20, 2010

Courage and Dignity

This week there was a young man in the hospital with HIV and ascites.  The ascitic fluid looked like milk which is rare but almost always caused from Lymphoma(cancer).  I informed him that he likely had cancer and the closest place he could get treatment was in Yaound√©, a 6 hour drive  from here.  He asked if it would be expensive.  When I told him yes he quickly reasoned that his family could not afford it and he would just go home.  He showed no visible distress and thanked us for what we did for him.  

A difficult situation for all of us.  I admired his courage the dignity he displayed.  

Let us pray for him and his family and that the opportunities for treatment will be the same for all people in this world someday.

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