Croix-des-Bouquets Medical Clinic, Part 5

Croix-des-Bouquets Medical Clinic, Part 5

Among The Reeds team member Linda Jacobsen (center) providing prenatal care to a severely dehydrated young woman.

Among The Reeds team member Linda Jacobsen (center) providing prenatal care to a severely dehydrated young woman.

This was the last day of the Among The Reeds free medical clinic in Croix-des-Bouquets in 2016, and it ended with a feeling of both accomplishment and an overwhelming sense of the vastness of the needs that could not be directly treated without ongoing care and specialized equipment.  Nonetheless, approximately 800 people received individual attention from a medical practitioner and left with multivitamins, medications, eyeglasses and emergency food and sundries.  But more than this, they left with the knowledge that their lives mattered and that Among The Reeds would return to follow up with them the following year.

ATR team member Desert dispensing prescriptions to a patient.

ATR team member Desert dispensing prescriptions to a patient.

A young girl with a high fever and severe dehydration is seen by team member Debi Lammert.

A young girl with a high fever and severe dehydration is seen by team member Debi Lammert.

A young girl with multiple abscesses on her head that would later require draining.

A young girl with multiple abscesses on her head that would later require draining.

A young boy with severe burns receiving debridement treatments. 

A young boy with severe burns receiving debridement treatments. 

A woman awaiting her reading test before being fitted with reading glasses.

A woman awaiting her reading test before being fitted with reading glasses.

ATR team member Vahn sorting medications in the pharmacy.

ATR team member Vahn sorting medications in the pharmacy.

Linda speaking with the daughter of the patient whom describes the nature of the symptoms.

Linda speaking with the daughter of the patient whom describes the nature of the symptoms.

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In the end, the experience would be short lived and the townspeople would go back to their lives with no further support from other medical providers nor their own government.  Truly, they would be on their own—a reality that's very difficult to describe to those whom have never left the United States, and a harsh reality for those whom endure it everyday.  The most they would hope for is another organization reaching out in the intervening months before Among The Reeds would return once again.

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