“If it’s my time to go, it’s my time and there isn’t anything you can do about it.” And with that, a man who had just been bitten by a rabid dog returned to his fields. He knows that rabies is dangerous. Someone from his community died last week from the disease. His friend, having been bit by the same dog, had just been carried to the waiting MSF Landcruiser to be transported to the hospital because his bite was so infected that he could no longer walk. He refused to go and will likely die. Some things are so hard to comprehend…
A man last week refused to give blood to his baby because, as he says, “if it’s his time, so be it.” The baby died.
Our radio operator lost his 9-month old child to a severe form of malaria last night. His wife and child had spent Christmas visiting relatives outside of the health zone where MSF works. The little girl was brought to a health center but she needed a blood transfusion and they didn’t have that capacity. A friend rode his bike back to Shamwana to inform the father and to hopefully get some help. Since we can give blood at the MSF hospital, we made plans to send a car first thing the next morning to go get them. His girl didn’t make the night. The father arrived after the funeral. Of their four children, only one is still alive. This is just the way it is out here.
It is so sad.
Life goes on.
I am absolutely living in a completely different world.