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Prosthetic MoldCan MCH offer hope in such hopeless circumstances?

Rohingya patients are sent to Memorial Christian Hospital from refugee camps that lie 2 hours south of us. These patients are so severely injured that other medical facilities cannot handle them. Yusuf is one such patient, a young man aged 20. I met him after he had been hospitalized for 2 months. 6'2", almost skeleton thin, he had lost 40 pounds since a massive truck had struck him. (Most of the injuries seen here are from horrible accidents like this to adults and children; we also get many burn patients, who are mostly children.) What American emergency rooms see at their worst is the normal, every-day patient for MCH.

Yusuf had a head injury, tracheostomy and right wrist fracture. Every right leg bone was broken, and the left leg was amputated below the knee. That left him with only one good limb, the left arm.

Crutches

When it was time for Yusuf to be gotten out of bed and brought to standing, his face registered extreme fear - and something else: darkness. He shook all over from fear and also from weakness and pain. His right leg was held together by rods and pins, and the right wrist was in a cast.

He was only able to stay up 30 seconds x2 that first time. Over the next 2 weeks special crutches were fashioned for Yusuf. MCH has social workers who move around, encouraging the patients and offering hope.
One social worker assisted me with Yusuf. When we finished his physical therapy, Yusuf left the hospital on his crutches, a big grin on his face and a new light in his eyes.

He has new hope.

-submitted by Jean, Spring 2018

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