Caring in trauma
“Please come…there has been a problem!”
These are words that we never like to hear, but when it’s a Soccorista (Health Worker) telling us of an accident in our wood shop, its even worse.
This past week one of our staff members had an accident with one of the machines in the wood shop. It was an honest mistake but resulted in him nearly cutting off two of his fingers. Praise the Lord that after some running around, we found a talented physician in Chimoio who was willing to come in on his time off. He tended to the wounds and was able to reattach tendons. What a blessing to have him serving the Mozambican Health Department in the provincial hospital.
Aside from his skill, what struck me about this doctor was that he was very caring toward his patient. What a difference a caring person can make! He involved Celestino (our health worker) in the care provided, explaining things and having him assist with the procedure. Celestino’s smile was practically glowing as the doctor asked if he would be willing to pour more betadine for him and put gloves on in order to help. Here Celestino’s learning and skills were being put to good use by a doctor who needed his help and trusted him with the job.
Earlier that night, I had seen the injured staff member make a good decision and assert himself regarding his care. I was so proud of both these young men that night. Although there had been a tragic accident, both these young men used skills they had learned through the mission’s education and training programs to make decisions and help when needed. It is hard for me to put into words how impressed I was, how proud I was!
Please join us in praying for:
-Healing for this injured hand, and continued wisdom for those all involved in this young man’s care.
-Mozambique, as it develops, and for well equipped and compassionate caregivers to serve the overwhelming health needs.
-Grace and strength to model these qualities in all our work in the different mission programs and in each situation we encounter!