¨Lavinia, come here, you have to see this. This is a crime.¨ The attending doctor was very upset about the patient´s jagged upside-down V shaped scar that ran along her whole belly. Her young daughter, clutching her new one-week old baby, explained to me that her mother had gall stones, but the surgeon who operated couldn´t find them (they had paid very little for the surgery). The patient´s yellow eyes and lab results made for an urgent intervention plan, but the patient was not coming in for follow-up. ¨We don’t have the money ($2) to get to the city,¨ her daughter informed me. Within the first minutes of the consultation, the doctor says, ¨She´s got a giant mass here. How did anyone miss it?¨ Her family did not want to admit what this meant. ¨She has cancer, but maybe she doesn’t, right? She can get better, right? My neighbor told me that their cousin…¨ It was an inoperable case, we could only help her be more comfortable, but comfort drugs were only available through the prescription of an oncologist who comes in sometimes once a week. The last time I saw her, she was lying down across the bench at the cancer hospital. Her daughter informed me she passed away on her way ´home.´ Two weeks earlier she had invited me to her birthday lunch at her humble home.
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