One night at dinner, Thalia, Sherry and I met a couple from England. We explained to them what we were doing in the clinics. The husband asked what we were able to do. We talked about the many infections and pain we can alleviate as well as helping people understand the chronic conditions they were suffering. The husband seemed satisfied with the answer, but his question stuck with me. I kept thinking about that.
Coincidentally, I saw the same English couple at a different restaurant the next night. After some small talk, I followed up on his question. I explained that I understand that what we do is one drop in the ocean but the point is to focus on the individual. While we may not be able to change the underlying circumstances that perpetuate poverty and lack of health care, what is the value of teating a family with three kids visibly sick from chronic infection; or a girl with a foot infection who may have gone septic without an antibiotic injection; or helping to encourage a woman with a life-threatening blood clot to get to the hospital or relieving the pain in a workers knee with a cortizone injection? Chiapas may not have changed visibly while we were here, but almost 800 people with their own worries, hopes, joys and burdens were healed or are on their way to better health care. Perhaps most important, a connection was made between the human beings. A small connection to more peace, solidarity and goodwill changing people and mankind.
- Curtis Brown