venerdì 21 agosto 2015

A very tough day

At 6 am our driver Joseph has left Chaaria with our ambulance, in order to be punctual to the appointment in Meru at 6.30 am.
At 6.30 am the whole surgical team of the hospital was already in theather preparing the first patient.
At 7.15 am Dr Nyaga and Dr Gacheri were already here and we started our demanding day of work.
We have done so many operations: among them, I wish to quote a partial gastrectomy for ca stomach and three thyroidectomies.
As usual, it has been wonderful to collaborate with Dr Nyaga, who is always so kind and appreciative towards us. The environment in theater has been so relaxed and peaceful that we have not felt tired even after many hours. We have tried to be very quick in the preparations between the various procedures, in order not to delay Dr Nyaga, who has always a very busy schedule, but always finds time to help us in Chaaria.
There was no time for lunch, because the patients were too many: we took only some tea and some bread, in order to avoid getting dehydrated and hypoglycemic.
We have escorted Dr Nyaga back to Meru when it was already evening and we are so touched by the fact that he wanted to donate to us a whole working day.

For Dr Gacheri it was the first visit to Chaaria. She has been working in theater for a while, and then she has helped Dr Khadija for the ward round and in the outpatient department. She has liked Chaaria and she was impressed of the great job we do for the people. I am so happy that she has seen our hospital and she can now be a witness of what she has seen.
The patients we operated are now doing well in the post-operative period. Again I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to Dr Nyaga for his consideration and for the great help he gives us on a regular basis. To all of us his friendship is a very precious gift of God. I express my thanksgiving to him also on behalf of the patients: the thyroidectomies had been waiting for months before finding someone ready to operate on them for free; the patient with ca stomach has been even more lucky: actually her histopathology report came out just three days before; I had done the necessary investigations to find out if the condition was still operable…but I was not feeling to operate alone. I have then called Dr Nyaga: “the day is already very full and you have many scheduled operations in Chaaria, but could we squeeze this patient in the operation list? If we postpone her, it may become too late and the cancer could spread. I do not fell to do it myself without you”. The answer of Dr Nyaga was positive, and now the patient is operated and she has high hopes of being free of disease… Thanks a lot, doc, for your great generosity!
Thanks a lot to Dr Gacheri too. We hope to have her again in Chaaria and to have future occasions of collaboration for the good of the patients and of the poor.
May God reward the colleagues who do voluntary work in Chaaria for the poorest of our patients!

Dr Bro Beppe Gaido

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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

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