She is burned from the thighs to her ankles on both legs. Â It’s “cold”, 62 degrees. Â She was huddling next to the fire when her cloths caught on fire. Â Â She lives in the mountains and they brought her to the hospital after two days. Â She had no sensation over the burned areas. Â And her legs were contracting in a sitting position. Â For a year now we have not been able to purchase antibiotic ointment but BÃ©rÃ© Hospital in Chad gave us some burn ointments recently. Â Â She was brought in the hospital andtreatment begun. Â I explained to the family that in a few days she would need skin grafts. Â We are very fortunate to have received a Zimmer dermatome as a donation. Â Over the first few days she did well. Â Then she started having chills and fevers. Â I at first thought of infection from the burn site. Â I started treatment with oral antibiotics. Â She continued to have fevers. Â I checked a malaria smear that was positive. Â After a few days her fever abated. Â We received another woman who was burned when her cloths caught fire and had a 2nd degree burn on her right side. Â So I decided to graft both of them one day. Â The morning I planned on doing it her father was there. Â He did not want anything done. Â He wanted to take her home. Â I tried to explain how it was not good for her. Â That without dressings she would likely die. Â He said that it was because he had not done the correct sacrifices that she got burned. Â So since this was the problem he was taking her home to make the right sacrifices. Â I asked him if he believed in God and he said he believed in the spirits and this was why the I didn’t understand ofthe sacrifices. Â It is hard to explain something to someone who believes completely opposite you in every way, medically/spiritually/physically. Â Everything about this man and his thinking is different than mine. Â So they paid her bill and took her home. Â It is so hard to reach some people for their good. Â Medically my ideas are so different than the local populations. Â Theirs is based on spells and correcting the spell given. Â A few people believe in modern medicine but most in traditional medicine (herbs, roots, potions) Â and some in sacrifices. Â Even some of our nurses use medications and if they are not working fast enough will try traditional things also. Â It covers all their belief Â bases. Â Audrey willwrite more of their beliefs in the near future. Â Please continue to pray for our work here. Â In His Service, Shanks
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