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If only I’d brought an extra suitcase, I could pack Enma up and take her home. That’s the impact she had on me. (Don’t tell anyone, but she’s my favorite patient so far.) Enma is a 44-year-old wife and mother of six, with children aged 11 to 25.
Enma learned she had a potentially cancerous growth two years ago. She lived with a growing mass, and a growing concern, for two years. Finally, in February, she went to the national hospital seeking a biopsy and treatment, but found it would require an extensive, drawn-out process to receive the care she needed. She couldn’t afford to go to a private hospital.
Enma learned about and went to a Faith In Practice Village Medical Clinic in Amberes. She was referred to Hilario Galindo Hospital for surgery this week. She joined 20 other patients last Friday on the six-hour bus ride from Santa Rosa to get here. Enma had surgery yesterday, and her surgeon, Dr. Eden, reports it went very well. Enma will be able to leave Hilario Galindo Hospital on Friday and return home to her family.
Ever meet someone and wish you were part of their family? I wish I was part of Enma’s family. After I met her and learned of her story (with Translator Mark Koenig's help), I asked if I could take a photo of her and her daughter. Before she would let me do that, she insisted that someone take a photo of the three of us, then she gave me a big hug and a kiss. She then asked all of her caregivers in the ward to come together for a photo. When I asked her how she was feeling, she smiled that beautiful smile of hers and said “They took very good care of me here.”
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