Chaaria è un sogno da realizzare giorno per giorno.

Un luogo in cui vorrei che tutti i poveri e gli ammalati venissero accolti e curati.

Vorrei poter fare di più per questa gente, che non ha nulla e soffre per malattie facilmente curabili, se solo ci fossero i mezzi.

Vorrei smetterla di dire “vai altrove, perché non possiamo curarti”.

Anche perché andare altrove, qui, vuol dire aggiungere altra fatica, altro sudore, altro dolore, per uomini, donne e bambini che hanno già camminato per giorni interi.

E poi, andare dove?

Gli ospedali pubblici hanno poche medicine, quelli privati sono troppo costosi.

Ecco perché penso, ostinatamente, che il nostro ospedale sia un segno di speranza per questa gente. Non ci sarà tutto, ma facciamo il possibile. Anzi, l’impossibile.

Quello che mi muove, che ci muove, è la carità verso l’altro, verso tutti. Nessuno escluso.

Gesù ci ha detto di essere presenti nel più piccolo e nel più diseredato.

Questo è quello che facciamo, ogni giorno.


Fratel Beppe Gaido


venerdì 22 maggio 2015

Joseph

Joseph was born with a mark on one side of his head which the parents could not realize that it was the start of a very long journey. 
In 4-5 years’ time the mark changed to small pimples around the black mark. Then the mark increased progressively, and another bigger one appeared, surrounded by small pimples.  
The parents could not understand what was going on at the head of their child Joseph, because we thought he got an injury while playing with other children. 

After some time they noticed that Joseph could not sleep on the affected side.
By then they started taking the boy to private Doctors and Dispensaries near their tow.  The Doctors treated the pimples repeatedly. Sometimes after treatment that area was looking like Joseph was burnt with very hot water.  So they went on to District Hospital, but nobody could know the correct answer or the cause of the disease. The growth was growing bigger so that it could be seen from afar.  Sometime the boy felt pain on the affected area. 
So, the parents went ahead to seek for answers of the problem.
Later the growth started growing very fast.  Through a sponsor the parents were able to see a private Doctor who was the first to tell the name of the disease what may be. 
The Doctor prescribed a CT scan which made them realize how big the problem was. A biopsy was taken and the report was of neurofibromatosis.



From that point there was a lot of confusion for the poor parents: they were referred to several private hospitals, and every hospital was giving different advice. 
Some were saying that they could not operate and even told them not to allow anybody to operate because:
1.     100% the child will not come out of theater alive.
2.     He will be totally crazy after surgery
3.     Surgery was very expensive and it could reduce by 50% the life expectancy.

The child was taken event o Uganda for further management but did not get help.
Joseph was taken to Chaaria for opinion and Dr Toto Burrai decided the operation was possible.
In fact we operated on the child a week ago: the procedure was long and challenging, but the tumor mass was completely removed and plastic surgery of the face was extremely successful.
The improvement is very good and the boy is comfortable in the post-operative days.
We thank God for the great surgical success, and we dearly thank Dr Burrai and Dr Cara for the courage they had in doing such a difficult operation.
I wish to finish with the words of Joseph’s father:
God Bless Cottolengo Mission Hospital and our sponsor Mr. and Mrs. Antonio”


Bro Beppe


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