Life and death

Our post on 30th September included this result of the CBR clinic:

“One tiny girl with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus had never been seen by a doctor. After she was examined, she was pronounced a medical emergency and arrangements were made to find the funds to rush her to the specialist hospital for surgery to fit a shunt. Her mother had travelled for five hours to get her to the clinic which she had heard about from other people who have received our help over the last few months of outreach and field work.”

In fact there were two children rushed for emergency treatment that day. We hoped all would go well.

But it didn’t. One little girl died. The operation had come too late. And a brutal way of looking at it is that the money was wasted. But how can you refuse the chance of saving heartbreak?

And how can you judge that one human life is less valuable than another, because of impairment or disability? Yet that, of course, is exactly what we do!

Life and death are very close here, where little medical help is free, and the poor cannot afford to pay…and often, as a result, die.

The battle is between sentimentalism and pragmatism, between limited resources and naked need.

And as we consider these various situations, the background question remains – what is salvation?


8 thoughts on “Life and death

  1. Dear David and Liza,
    I work for Concordis International, a peace-building charity based in the UK. Concordis has been working in Kenya since 2008, and myself and my boss are in Nairobi next week hosting a conference on corruption. We would love to talk more as we see great synergy between your brilliant work and what we are trying to achieve – I couldn’t find an email address for you, would you mind emailing me to get a conversation started?
    All the very best,

    1. What a wonderful comment to come home to after another long day in the the field!
      Thank you, I will send you an email straightaway so that we can begin the conversation.
      Many thanks
      Liza and David

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