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Life’s Passing, Precious Moments in Patients’ Lives

If we look inside just one day at the Miracle Campus, unexpected examples of medical challenges are multiplied time and time again.

Relate compassionately, for instance, with patients, whose conditions were described by TLC staff a few months ago:

…Gabsile is critically ill with cervical cancer. “We need to call her family and make sure she has spoken and spent time with everyone she wishes. Please speak of her eternal security and end-of-life desires.”

…Siboniso has end-stage HIV with severe complications. “The family he wants with him should be called. Any desires he has for his last hours must be discussed.”
 

Creation, day and night, reminds us Who is in control of our moments.


…Thulani sounds like he will need much prayer for his spiritual state. “The team will be praying with you for wisdom as you speak with him.” Physically, his condition is still to be assessed completely. “He is definitely more stable than some other patients. He is in isolated care.”

…Simphiwe is newly diagnosed with HIV. She probably has TB, too. 
“She is very sick. Medically she needs to be admitted to the campus hospital, but we have great hope for her eventual recovery.”

…Gabi has been our HIV/TB patient for a month. “She is probably going home today. Do we know for sure that we have shared the Gospel with her in the past?”

…Nonhlanhla needs to be called today and asked to come. Having received her HIV viral load results, they are still way too high. “We want her to come to campus with us for two months while we plan the way forward and assess for the third line (the last option for treatment). We need to closely monitor her adherence to the medications.”

…Nomphemulelo is “humbly asking to stay on campus for close monitoring, as her viral load is high. She is on the second line, and she is failing.” Her daughter will bring her clothes tomorrow.
 

These expressions remind us of the exquisiteness and resilience of our Emaswati brothers and sisters. 

 

This is The Luke Commission Compassionate Medicine – just a glimpse, just a peek, just a glance, just a preview to behold and to contemplate.

 

Names have been changed to provide confidentiality. (JT)

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