Sunday, 28 April 2013

Soumaila, squamous cell carcinoma

It was sad to see this sweet boy go home. If we could have figured out how to make it so he still needed treatment, we would have kept him forever. 

He is so precious. He could repeat any English sentence you told him. (I've tried several times to upload some videos of this but it won't work.) He would always run errands for us. You could ask him where someone was and he knew. He was aware of all the comings and goings of people, whether that was staff or patients.

pumping up soccer balls with a visitor, Patrick

We talked to his father when he came to pick him up to make sure he would go to school. He is so bright we  didn't want him to be healed but not get an education. The father has promised to send him and we (several from the hospital) are committed to providing whatever he will need financially to go to school.

It is always bittersweet to see these kids go. Happy for their healing but sad for the void that is left at the hospital. Yet, more kids will come and fill in those gaps and steal our hearts, even when we think there could be no others as precious as the ones that leave.

Afternoon Drive

After the kids have stayed at the hospital for awhile, they start wanting to explore more places, ie our houses.  So they all hopped in the car with Brett to come visit. Brett called me to tell me to open the gate and as I opened our front door to walk outside I could hear chanting, "Sheri, Sheri, Sheri!"and I knew we had visitors. 

They were thrilled to see our house, except for the dogs. We had locked them up in the goat pen but they got out and all the kids freaked out. But aside from that this mishap, they all enjoyed seeing the toubab's house.

I love Adiara's face here. She's looking at our neighbor as if to say, "Why are you looking at me? Leave us alone. This is OUR car." :)

These are some of the special times we get to have living here. I don't think any US hospital would let us just drive off with 5 patients and two extra kids in the car, just because, especially since we didn't even ask their parents. :)