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The Tragedies of Life in Haiti

There was a death yesterday of a sixteen-year-old boy. When we heard about it, Cherlie and I both lowered our heads and cried. They were tears of pain and frustration, at the country we live in and the limitations of our own capabilities. We had seen the young boy in the clinic on Thursday, orphaned at birth and cared for since then by his aunt. She brought him in to see us in consultation. She sat rather casually in her chair as he writhed around in pain. “He’s had abdominal cramps that started about ten days ago”, she said. “Then, he got a fever and diarrhea and the pain has been worse since then. He could hardly walk to come to the clinic this morning.” “Walk to the clinic,” I thoug

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