Friday, January 7, 2011

Mixed feelings....

It's day of mixed emotions at ACCV.  The day began with a very real dose of sadness and absolute frustration. 

And there's a sense of pride in there too...

 I recently blogged about a young girl who was terminally ill due to thyroid disease and malnutrition. Her family had asked ACCV to pay for a photograph of her for them to keep.  

Sadly, she has passed away.

 For such a young life to end due to thyroid disease and malnutrition in this day and age is just untenable. Mai was barely a teenager...

Amongst the absolute sadness on hearing this news, I must say, I was so proud of how Toan handled the whole thing. He has worked with Mai’s family since ACCV became involved in July  of last year. He is in fact involved with all the children at the hospital we are hoping to support.

When Mai’s mother called Toan to say she wanted to speak with him, it was obviously a very sad and emotional time for her family. That’s not an easy situation for a young man to walk into. Toan told me,  “I felt scared, but I understood that she wanted to share some things with me”.  And so off he went to their remote island home to see what they needed and how he could help. 

Toan shows great empathy for the people we are working with. He’s just one of life’s good guys and we’re lucky to have him at ACCV.

Before she died, Mai wrote a letter of thanks to ACCV. And she asked if we would help her younger brothers. Sadly, it turns out that they also have thyroid disease. The parents are extremely poverty stricken and can not afford medical treatment for them.

 
Kind regards 
Alison & Rose


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1 Comments:

At January 9, 2011 at 6:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so sad that something very treatable is taking the lives of children.

 

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