Fiona Gillett helped me 'find my feet' in Lankien. I will always owe her a debt of gratitude for her kindness, patience and support in those difficult early months.
Today I fly back to the field. Fiona will board the same plane on which I arrived and then fly out of Lankien for the last time. I will see her at the airstrip for good-byes. She is now at "End of Mission" or EOM.
The composition of the expatriate team is constantly changing as people begin and end their contracts in a staggered fashion. The team you join will not be the same team you leave.
My favorite memories of Fiona:
1) Fiona doing a difficult vacuum delivery of a baby with a severely obstructed labor. Fiona had a fever and was ill herself, but she persisted, saving the baby's life and probably the mother's too.
2) Working with Fiona to triage and treat four men with gunshot wounds in the space of an hour.
3) Brainstorming around patient care during morning rounds.
4) Watching Desperate Housewives with Fiona and concocting our own series, Desperate Humanitarians, a satirical comedy about the dark underbelly of an MSF mission.
To Fiona, colleague, friend, nurse midwife extraordinaire, I would love to work with you again, anywhere, anytime. Cheers my friend and thank-you.