Monday, 12 November 2007

Another Liberian living with pain

I spent this morning working with a mature Liberian lady who was bent double with pain from uterine fibroids, who desperately needs a hysterectomy but hasn't got $400 US for the operation. I often see dispair on the faces of the people I meet here, and today was no exception - I could see that she was trying to manage her pain, while she must have been thinking about the years of discomfort ahead of her in the knowledge that she cannot afford the operation. Regrettably, even the Africa Mercy has its limits, and is unable to offer her this specialised surgery, but after a few enquiries one of the ward supervisors established that a Medecin Sans Frontiers hospital on the other side of Monrovia that can do the operation for free! Praise God! Olly

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