Captain’s Log – 8 December 2010 – Medivac Girl Nurse

Things don’t always work out the way you like.  A young nurse in town here in Bunia accidentally stuck herself with a needle from an infected HIV patent.  She in turn was given a Antiretroviral drug to keep her from getting AIDS.  She had a terrible allergic reaction to it.  As I was loading her in the plane to be medivaced to Kampala, I actually thought she was a burn victim as her skin was swollen and cracking and coming off in chunks and looked just like the burn patents I have flown in the past.  She was in awful pain as we loaded her and was very distressed.  She only calmed down as the MAF team gathered around to pray for her.  Then peace seemed to come over her and she was quiet.   Her mother went along to help her.

She was 24 years old and engaged to be married.  She died the next day, too young, and one wonders why it is that someone who is trying to help is the one who goes and others stay.  The MAF plane flew her back and in the tradition of Africa, there was loud wailing and falling down and a show of the turmoil that goes on in one’s soul that we in the West don’t often let others see.  She was a Christian and is with God now, without pain and I am sure that she is happy.

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4 Responses to Captain’s Log – 8 December 2010 – Medivac Girl Nurse

  1. Gill Haun says:

    I certainly can’t make sense of such tragedies. It seems at times that we’re crossing the mine field that is this “present evil age”.

    • jcadd says:

      Life is a bit of a mine field, isn’t it. The trick is to keep dancing in it and not be frozen by fear as we do it. I guess when we have it in our minds that we really do only find our life when we lay it down for others then things start making more sense. That is easy to lose sight of though, isn’t it? We sometimes make important life decisions, like becoming a nurse or getting married or being a MAF pilot, with great intentions but without thinking that there is more than a one time cost. It’s a daily cost! Sometimes extreme cost. It is still worth it though, to live a life of true value.

  2. LuAnne Cadd says:

    Oh that’s such a heartbreaking story, Jon!

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