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Marriage Proposal From Chad

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 3:48 PM

I last wrote from Amtiman, Chad and I am now writing from Paris, France. I'm about to get on the plane for home in Toronto, Canada.

Amtiman now seems so far away from here in Europe. However, if I think of sand on the ground and heat on my skin,...

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The Ins and Outs of a Doctor Without Borders in Chad

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 5:22 PM

The dry hot season is going out and the cooler rainy season is coming in. Heavy showers have begun to fall and it is a relief for everyone. The rains bring life to the land. Out of dirt springs green. Crops take root. Starvation will hopefully ease. With the rains...

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A Day in the Life of a Doctor Without Borders

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 5:19 PM

Wednesday May 15 started early. I got up at 6 a.m. and took a cold refreshing shower. My mind was spinning with day ahead so I had not slept well. The night before was a late one in the MSF base office as Luigi, our Italian project coordinator and I,...

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Why We Need More Late-Night Doctors

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 12:19 PM

On April 4 late at night, Dr. Guy called me from the hospital. A child had fallen from the roof a house. He asked me to come to the hospital and bring the portable ultrasound machine since he was concerned about a serious abdominal injury.

When I got to the...

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Ali's Had a Cough Since 2006

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Ali is 36 years old and has been coughing for a long time. He has been coughing since at least 2006. When we first met each other and shook hands I was happy to learn he spoke French, so we could talk directly. We did not need a translator from...

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The Kindness of Strangers: Helping Women With VVF in Chad

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 5:57 PM

Part of the experience of working with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) is not just work but also taking a break. The work in the project site is seven days a week most of the time, but then after two months or so, we get a break...

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"Doctor, What About My Brother?"

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 5:25 PM

The desperate man asked me in French, "Doctor, what about my brother?" Somewhere, in one of the rooms full of bloodied bodies lying on the ground, was this man's brother.

A mass casualty incident had hit Am Timan hospital in chad. This man was looking for his brother amongst the...

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We Need to Help More Children Live to Be Adults

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 5:00 PM

The majority of our patients live. But sometimes they do not. Their stories, their memory and the lessons we can learn from their lives are just as important those we learn from the many lives MSF saves. As I have been rounding quite a bit in our Amtiman Hospital intensive...

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Two Sisters and a Brother in Chad

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 7:31 PM

Triplets (!) - two sisters and a brother were born a week ago. The sisters were born first and then came the brother. They do not yet have names, but their mother knows them apart needless to say. They got off to a rocky start but are doing well now.

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Outreach in Chad: "He Was on the Verge of Death"

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 3:25 PM

I'm settled into the project now in Amtiman in southeastern Chad. The team is comprised mostly of our local Chadian colleagues, many who originate here in the community and some who come from the capital city. The expatriate team is a mix of Kenyan, German, Swiss, Haitian, Canadian, Swedish, Congolese,...

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