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A walk to the clinic

A walk to the clinic

By Laura Sumner Coon A silent, short young man follows a nurse to the medical line Saturday afternoon. Already, there are more than 90 people in front of him,waiting to be seen. The nurse whispers, “Can we get this person in today? He walked five hours to get here.”...
Sunday is the day for doctors

Sunday is the day for doctors

By Laura Sumner Coon As long as there has been a clinic, there have been people turned away at the end of the day. There is a limit to how many teeth a dentist can pull, patients a doctor can treat and glasses the group can dispense. It’s human nature to want a place...
A heartbreak

A heartbreak

By Laura Sumner Coon Jeanmarie Sharp occasionally travels to this mission and to Haiti each year. She has seen many disappointing cases, but this one breaks her heart. She follows her patient out of the examining room and points him to the pharmacy. Then, she turns to...
The tiny crowd stopper

The tiny crowd stopper

By Laura Sumner Coon It’s late in the afternoon, and Jeannine Desuatels walks over to the medical area of the clinic with the tiniest of babies in her hands. Bebe Sanchez is a month old and still without a name. Her head is covered in scales, one of the worst cases of...
First day

First day

By Laura Sumner Coon Clinic opens A small line of people stand in front of the school doors. The sight seems unusual, since in past years many more people crowded the entrance on the first day of the clinic. But today, the patients were notified that the first people...

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