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Brother’s Love, Spinal TB and War

The young man has spinal TB. He is a paraplegic, treated several years ago, but unable to complete his treatment because of the war. He had to flee his home and default on his TB treatment. Now he has it again, fever and back pain. He drags himself painfully across the ground using his arms.

The young man has spinal TB. He is a paraplegic, treated several years ago, but unable to complete his treatment because of the war. He had to flee his home and default on his TB treatment. Now he has it again, fever and back pain. He drags himself painfully across the ground using his arms. He has several brothers; they always seem to be with him. They carry him in a blanket when he is not strong enough to propel himself. He is emaciated and does not weigh very much. I imagine him the way he used to be, straight and tall, like his brothers.
 
The young man is getting worse. He spends his days curled up on his side, facing the wall of his tukul. Nothing we do seems to reverse his decline. He is dying. His brothers understand and ask to take him home. They carry him in a blanket , each one taking a corner.