Sunday began with a woman in the village miscarrying. The boat and car were straight into action ferrying her to hospital. Today is the day when the team of expert doctors, the dentists, pharmacy team and medical analyst all come to hold a day long surgery on the island. This is in addition to our daily surgeries by our nurse John.
Thirty patients turned up including a mother with her small daughter. The child can’t stand because of an apparently weak leg. It appears the baby suffered trauma at birth and needs a course of physio therapy at the hospital. We will need to find someone to sponsor this treatment or to raise the funds to pay for it.
Other cases which will need financial support by the Trust include a man with over sized knees. He has rheumatic arthritis which our specialist says will spread if not treated and will severely impair him. He is already jobless because he lost his work because of his knees. We also need to help a teenage boy with bad cataracts. He’s taking his exams at the moment and is struggling as a result of his condition.
The level of poverty in these communities is also reflected in how many cannot pay even the smallest consultation fee. We ask for a tiny contribution and give all their medicines to them for free. Other clinics in this area are costly and charge for medicines on top.
It would also cost people a significant amount to travel to one of these clinics. So for many people even seeing a doctor would be out of the question. Thankfully we have changed all of that.
On another happy note we were able to present the children’s football team with a new football strip today. These were donated to us by the Churwell Lions near Morley. The boys were so excited to get their smart blue outfits . Our aim as a charity is to enhance people’s lives and improve the quality of their existence . It seems every bit as important to do that in small ways like this as well as providing the big essentials of good health, water , food and education.