Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Fall From a Bicycle

16 July, Wednesday

Sixteen-year-old boy today came in with a badly broken arm. He looked about 12--stunting due to longterm lack of food.

The story was that he fell off a bicycle on his way to the hospital to beg for food. Both parents are dead. He is living with his elderly grandmother (although it was an elderly man who was there with him).

Both radius and ulna badly broken. He needs pins to set it right—which cannot be done at Embangweni. So Catherine Ndolo accompanied him in the ambulance on the way to Mzimbe. Then Lindsay Kamanga got on the phone to call to Mzimbe to organize a guardian for him there—to make sure he gets what he needs while in the hospital.

Was impressed by the care with which everyone treated this young man. Eileen got some great photos of Catherine Ndolo escorting the boy to the ambulance.

(NB: This post was written on site in rural northern Malawi and posted now that I again have internet access.)

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