Diary Day 22 - Friday - THE END

25 October 2007

Yesterday was a finishing off day back in Kinshasa. We had some news through from Kampungu: a young boy’s test result was negative. It was a huge relief. But, to temper that, we heard that our last patient had died in the night. It is so frustrating because she had survived so long and we had hoped that she would be able to hold out long enough to win.

I finally got on the plane back home at Kinshasa airport. This morning they woke us up with an announcement to apologise for the lack of breakfast service. A woman had gone into labour in the night, had delivered a healthy baby girl over Mauritania. She was now lying asleep in the kitchen. New life and a happy ending to my mission.