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.