This is Béré

Staci Davenport

Life at a rural mission hospital

Problems

2 Feb 2021 The woman writhed on the delivery room table, surrounded by female family members who fervently discussed among themselves, sometimes gesturing toward her, but not addressing her. She had been referred from the health center for prolonged l...

Rage

24 Jan 2021 The story included all of the typical elements, but I still had to test it for myself. Bitten by a dog a few weeks ago, but the dog was immediately killed. The wound had healed. For a couple of days now, the patient had been showing signs ...

War

20 Dec 2020 "We have a trauma patient in the ER," the nurse came to inform us while I was seeing consults just outside the operating room and Andrew was operating. "Okay, bring him here." The patient was carried in, bleeding through a bandage on the b...

Rice

14 Dec 2020 Everyone should wear goggles and ear protection while harvesting rice. A 20-something-year-old man sat on the bench in urgence (ER). The urgence nurse gestured toward him, "He got rice in his eye while he was working in the field. It's st...

Gratitude

31 Aug 2020 Often in medicine we have to work for the good of our patients rather than for appreciation from our patients. If we're treating invisible diseases like diabetes or hypertension, or even potentially life-threatening conditions like pre-ecl...

Sparrows

14 Aug 2020 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find...

Père

11 Aug 2020 8:30 pm. Another phone call?? That's the sixth call this evening. What happened to rainy season?! Nurse: "The baby has a hemoglobin of 2. The mother came alone." Grumpy doctor: Great. I wonder if there's any blood in the blood bank fridg...

Waiting

1 Aug 2020 Stranded, separated indefinitely, waiting and hoping for a long-anticipated reunion. Is the airport open today? The announcement weeks ago said that August 1 would be the day. We don't have internet now, and none of us have tried to leave ...

Minutes

31 July 2020 "You're going to love every minute!" I heard these words two years ago, during those last few months, those months of preparation and anticipation and trepidation. Before France. Before Tchad. I've wondered many times since then, was it ...

Stranded

30 July 2020 The airport closed, and one of our doctors couldn't come back at the end of her vacation. "That's ok," we reasoned, "It has to open eventually, and she'll make it back. At least it has to open by the time our annual leaves are scheduled....