Thursday, August 25, 2011

Barefoot Haitian Women

(Photo by John Carroll--August 24, 2011)

I was at a Haitian hospital yesterday and watched a lady walk by me.

She was walking slowly.

I noticed that blood was oozing from the back of her right hand where an IV had just been removed. Cotton balls had been placed on the area with no tape to hold them or tamponade the IV site. And the cotton was soaked with blood.

The back of the woman's night gown was stained with bright red blood.

And she was barefoot.

The woman had just delivered a stillborn.

This poor young woman headed out the gate of the hospital onto the filthy rotten asphalt street in front of the hospital. She was headed "home" with little support of any kind after her loss.

No smiley faces, balloons, or courteous hospital attendants pushing her stuff on a cart.

She had no stuff, no newborn.

Not even shoes.

Read this article from CHAN.

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