It can be hard to find balance in what we share on here. Truthfully, practicing medicine in a developing country is hard. Little kids die because of dehydration due to diarrhea and vomiting. If they make it to the hospital soon enough, we can give them fluids and save their lives. Others times, it’s too late and despite all our attempts, the child still passes away.
Just a couple weeks ago Nathan did all he could far a man in the ER, but the man still suffocated as Nathan worked on him. Nathan did some research to see what he missed. Was there something more he could have done? The answer was that with the resources available here, there was nothing more to be done. We are one of the best, if not the best, supplied hospitals around, but there are still many limits in resources.
So while, we want to share with you the challenges, so that you can be praying, we also want to share with you the miracles. The patients who seem to have little hope of surviving, but then we see the Great Physician step in and bring about healing.
Last week, Nathan was working in the outpatient department and saw a man standing with his family waiting to see Dr. Susan. He looked so familiar, but Nathan could not place where he knew the man from. After helping another patient and stepping back into the hall for another patient, this man smiled a broad grin that made him instantly recognizable. Mr J!
A while back we mentioned him on the blog. He had paralysis that was slowly creeping up his body. His arms and legs were no longer moving and the concern was the paralysis would reach his chest and cause his lungs not to work. We did not have the equipment that could breathe for him, so it would mean certain death if that happened.
Despite these challenges, Mr. J always had a bright smile when Nathan walked onto the ward. And then one day the paralysis stopped spreading. Dr. Bill explained to Mr. J that it was as if God drew a line on his body and said “Stop here.” Just before Nathan began working on a different ward, Mr. J was able to move his pinky, which seemed a miracle in itself. To see that God had healed him to the point of being able to walk into the hospital with his family was an incredible site.
You may remember the other Mr. J that we asked prayer for last week. Nathan came home and said it was worst way to die he’s seen yet. Mr. J had accidentally drank pesticide and while he was not yet dead, the effects of the pesticide would cause a slow and painful death. A few days later, Nathan went back to see the second Mr. J and could not find him on the ward. Perhaps he had gone home, but the more likely scenario was that he had passed away. On his run Friday morning with Dr. Bill, he found out that Mr. J had recovered enough to go home! It was such a unexpected outcome when we were almost certain he had died. Thankfully, Mr. J had quickly recognized his mistake and spit much of the pesticide out. While it did burn his mouth and throat, it did not cause severe damage to his internal organs.
We are so grateful to be working with the Great Physician. God can do what we can not and while we do not know why he chooses to heal some and not others, we trust that in both life and facing death, he brings comfort to the weak. We are grateful he is giving us the opportunity to walk with people here in their joys and their sorrows. And we so appreciate your prayers through it all.
If you would like to be able to help provide the equipment and medicines needed for the hopstial, please visit the Nazarene Hospital Foundation’s page. The government supplies available to us often run out and it because of organizations like NHF that we are able to continue treating patients with the medicines and equipment that they need.