Dealing With Death

“Cardiopathie” was the diagnosis at the hospital, and what I more precisely suspected was dilated congested heart failure, a condition that can develop after pregnancy. “Some patients recover completely, and some patients die” is what my textbook said. I first heard about Florence when her infant was enrolled in our…

Continue reading

The Go-Between

At 11:00 in the morning, the grandmother finally arrived with a baby tied to her back. We had been waiting for them all morning. A mixture of relief and urgency filled my lungs. Relief that they were finally here. Urgency because I saw the state of the child. Let me…

Continue reading

Chauffeur

I had no idea what to expect as we bumped down the red dirt road towards an outlying, rather remote village. It’s not every day that we go this far out, especially not knowing exactly what we were doing. All we knew is we were looking for a sick man.…

Continue reading

Infants in Distress Program

About In Burkina Faso, one of the poorest nations in the world, there are unbelievable extremes in poverty, disease, and lack of medical care and education, leading to high rates of maternal and infant mortality. 1 out of 7 infants do not survive the first year of life. That’s why…

Continue reading