Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Additional Hazards

Last evening I was called to the hospital to evaluate a snakebite.  There was a large crowd of people outside of the ward.  They had accompanied 2 children. 

Earlier in the evening Grandma had prepared a meal for her grandchildren, 2 year old twins and a 5 year old girl.  A black cobra had apparently entered the house and one of the twins sat down on it.  She was bitten along with her 5 year old sister.  The 2 year old died on the way to the hospital and the 5 year old was vomiting.  The older sister is doing well this morning while the family mourns the loss of her sister. 

There are so many additional hazards to life in a developing country that take their toll.

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