I was approached by one of our church pastor's recently. He told me the story of his sister-in-law, who for over two years had been sick. Like the lady in the Bible, she too had seen many provincial doctors and spent all available money - with no improvement. Hopelessness now pervaded the family home. Please, could we help?
The sweet lady had a fever, a cough and significant weight loss. In Cambodia, that is as plain as a Kiwi kid who is covered in red spots. Yet, in two years, there had been no chest xray; no TB test. It gets a little disheartening - talk about 'take the money and run'!
TB was confirmed within a few days. It means a 6-month course on some pretty mean medications, but there is light again.
Inseperable - Kamein and Srey became best buddies when they met at the Healing Home. They were inseperable from both one another and from the little fluffy toys that Sue gave them - to keep. Kamein's mum had the 'mystery illness' that was plain as day to Sue. Srey came with her mum and brother; her brother is also a TB sufferer.