Tuesday, May 28, 2013


3 year old Hapsatou was in the hospital last week with pneumonia.  Pneumonia, along with Malaria and Diarrhea illnesses, account for most of our Pediatric admissions to the hospital.

Hapsatou was quite ill with high fever when she arrived but recovered quickly with 2 days of IV fluids and antibiotics.  What was unique about her stay was that her father was her caregiver.  In Cameroon it usually is the mother or grandmother who stays with a child.  One could tell that Hapsatou and her father had a very loving relationship.  They both had big smiles on their faces when she was well enough to go home.

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