Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Reason: Unknown

I've posted about the health care (or lack thereof) here before.  But I wanted to comment on it again, as it is very profound and has tragic consequences.  Our housekeeper, Christine, recently lost a cousin.  She came to me upset that morning and said her cousin died one hour ago.  She said he got sick the night before and then died.  No one knows why.  No one even asks.  Why would you ask, really?  You will never be told why, because most likely no one knows.  Though sometimes people know, they may know you have diabetes, or hypertension, or cancer of some sort.  But most of the time, you don't know why someone died and you will never know why.

A staff member at Mike's office passed away two days ago.  She was a nurse.  She was sick and in a distant site.  They flew her here to Bukavu to the "best" hospital in town.  On Saturday she was talking and  alert.  She didn't know what was wrong, but felt weak and short of breath.  When she told the doctors she felt short of breath and needed some medicine they told her that they were the doctors and she is not to tell them what she needs.  So, she sent a friend out to get her some medicine to help her breath better.  The next day the hospital gave her some kind of IV perfusion and she died during it.  Why?  Reason: Unknown.

Here, if you have to go to the hospital, you are going there to die.  And you won't know why.

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