This December I’d like to share a story of one woman’s super sized hope and courage, and the ways in which our partnership’ s expanded healthcare network saved her life.
Mrs O is a 44 year old who lives in one of the remote mountainous neighborhoods on LaGonave. In the past she faithfully attended the 2-3 remote clinics a year that US partner, All Saints Pawleys Island, provided at the Saint Barnabas church and school in the community of Lotore.
She would come with her shy, sweet smile complaining of abdominal pain and fatigue. The Bill Rice Clinic (BRC ) doctor and I were unable to do a full examination of her in the classroom of the school where we held the clinic. We ordered some very limited tests and found she was anemic and had high blood pressure. We gave her medicine and sent her on her way, telling her to come back and see us in 4 months if this didn’t help. And she always came back! It broke my heart to see her walk out to her husband, shaking her head. He would take her arm and the two would set off down the dusty red road, an 2 hour walk back to their home.