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Thank you for your prayers, comments and emails! We were happy that the visas/work permits were issued about 3 1/2 weeks after we had to stop work – and since then it has gotten quite busy! We appreciate those of you who have been checking in with us. We think of you and are thankful – even when we don’t write.
Nani was a 10 year old girl living with her family in an East Palpa village. Her mom took care of pretty much everything – not only did she do house work and the farm work, but she would also try to get daily wage (labor) jobs for which she would earn about 250 rupees per day (a bit over $2). Nani’s father went to India about a year ago to work as a cook, but has not sent any money to help the family. She has no siblings, but 2 uncles live there in the home – one of them can neither hear nor speak. He does help by taking care of their goats and cutting grass for the animals.
So, when Nani complained to her mom of a stomachache and headache, her mother didn’t worry too much. But 3 days later she had a fever, swelling and pains all over. Her mom then took her to a local medical hall for a check-up, but her aunt thought she needed better treatment and brought her to our hospital.
Nani was admitted from our Emergency room into the pediatrics ward. She was critically ill, and in a lot of pain. She didn’t want to eat and the nurses provided an air mattress for her to try to make her more comfortable for sleeping. She had so many tests and procedures – 7 ultrasounds, 3 operations, 2 minor operations, 6 pints of blood transfusions and 26 days on oxygen. She was suffering from multiple abscesses, scrub typhus, and was bleeding in her intestines. Her right hip was dislocated, and she had osteomyelitis in her right femur. This child was hurting in so many ways!
Our surgeons worked many hours with Nani, and she spent time in traction. The physiotherapists helped her exercise and regain strength and range of motion as she healed. The social services/pastoral care team made sure she was provided with nutritious food, and later provided toy therapy and then help with school work. They also spent hours giving spiritual and emotional support, teaching about health and good eating habits, and just listening and encouraging as needed.
Nani slowly began to improve. She learned to get around on crutches, and was gaining strength from eating a healthy diet. She started playing with others, and improving in her reading and writing skills. She spent 86 days – almost 3 months! – in the ward of Tansen hospital. And she got better!
Nani’s mother could not have afforded to pay for this much care on her own. She did borrow some money from her neighbors, but the majority of her care was paid by the gifts of friends from around the world who give to the Medical Assistance Fund for Tansen hospital. When Nani left the hospital, she swung happily on her crutches down the road towards home. We were looking forward to seeing her for follow up in the coming months.
Unfortunately, the lockdown (Covid) started again, so the follow up was done by phone. The report was good – Nani is able to get around using just a stick (cane) and is continuing to improve. Her family and friends were very thankful for her return to health because of the care provided from the Mission hospital in Tansen.
Nani wants to get back to school, but due to lockdown, classes are only done online. She is one of the many village children who are missing out on school as there is little to no internet access in the hills, and even if there is, most families don’t have the money to purchase a smart phone in order to connect to online classes.
Thanks for praying for our hospital – and also, thanks for prayers for the children of Nepal!