March 12, 2012
Tadala Khuthi’s eyes were almost swollen shut when her mother brought her to Nkhoma Hospital in Malawi. Her stomach was bulging and her legs so swollen she could hardly walk.
In Africa, this kind of body swelling could be caused by a number of problems, including leprosy, malaria, lupus, or heart failure. Doctors at Nkhoma Hospital began testing Tadala and gave her medicine to lower her high blood pressure.
Dr. Amy McAuley, MBF Board President was volunteering at the hospital when Tadala was admitted. She says that just after they were ready to run blood tests on the girl, the electricity went out (a common occurrence for hospitals in developing countries like Malawi). When the electricity was restored, Tadala’s blood tests showed acute renal failure. It took two weeks in the hospital with careful monitoring before the swelling disappeared and Tadala was well enough to return home.
“She began to smile in a shy happy way whenever we looked her way,” Dr. McAuley reports. “Her mother and her grandmother thanked us effusively and I reminded them that we are only servants of God. We must all thank God for his faithfulness.”
“Mulungu akukuchizani,” God has healed her!
Here at MBF we thank God for those who have given, often sacrificially, to make sure hospitals like Nkhoma have the medicines and personnel they need, as well as providing funds for patients like Tadala who may not be able to afford hospital care.