Bangladesh, Day 3
Thanks to all who sent well wishes and thoughts on yesterday’s post. It really does mean a lot to me and re-energizes me in so many ways.
Today was better.
We visited Dhaka which has approximately 15 million people so it was a dense day, dense in every sense of the word.
We travelled throughout Dhaka to the older part of the city to visit a SAJIDA hospital. It was without a doubt one of the more interesting drives I have taken. There were more rickshaws and other forms of transportation than I could have dreamed existed. On the way home, it took us 2-3 hours to travel a short distance through what I can only describe as an ocean of people, not waves, or groups, but constant people side by side, rickshaw by rickshaw for kilometres.
When we got to the hospital, we had several presentations and discussed with how Broken Earth and SAJIDA could collaborate. They have the equipment and skills, but need more education and support. I think that is where we could help. They average 3-4 C-sections per day, but need more training in infant resuscitation, a course we could teach them. Then they can pass on that knowledge.
Following that we ran a busy clinic with the help of local doctors and nurses. It was incredibly rewarding to work along side such remarkable people, to work with, and learn from them.
From the clinic into the operating room, where Dr. Rideout helped change the fate of child who may otherwise have gone through life with just three fingers.
We met one patient yesterday who was born with no legs and only two fingers on one hand. He lives in rural Bangladesh, and despite his perceived disability, he is a successful farmer (farming the land himself), husband and father. He was so thankful to see us, he demanded to visit with us tonight to sing us a song of appreciation.
In many ways this place is different than Haiti, but the human spirit, hope and determination to help those in need is a universal tenet, it just gets clouded sometimes.
Speaking of Haiti, I was extremely saddened to hear of the loss in Haiti yesterday. 18 people killed, celebrating Carnival, our thoughts and prayers are with our Haitian families and friends.