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FC: Bangladesh 2010

1: Bangladesh | March - September 2010 Memorial Christian Hospital

2: the Female Ward

3: Hamida Begum | The female ward is a busy 18 bed ward for women of all ages and all children under7 yr old.. It is staffed by a great group of Bengali nurses and nurse aides. There are some patients that are in and out in a few days, and there are others who are there for months. Hamida, is one of those patients that would be in the hospital for months because of a spinal fracture. She is a young widow with a 4 yr old child at home. We pray for her healing both physically and spiritually!

5: U-Sha-Ma Marma | The top picture is U-Sha-Ma after her first surgery. The following two pictures are her months later when she came back for her checkups. She had serious gallbladder and liver problems and was close to starvation. Her father stayed with her the whole time and through the daily teaching of the Bible, learned about Jesus and trusted HIm as his Savior. Praise the Lord for His physical and spiritual healing in this family!

7: Each one of these patients has a great story... The little boy to the right with an orange shirt came in with severe pneumonia and asthma. When he came to the hospital he was working so hard to breathe and so limp he could barely move. The next morning, I was so relived to see that he was still alive. For a few days, he was still in critical condition, but slowly began to improve. When he was finally off oxygen and didn't have an IV, we couldn't keep him still! He would always be running around getting into some kind of mischief. His family invited me to come visit them, so a few weeks after he left the hospital, I went to see them. Praise God for this little one's healing!

8: Nury Begum

9: Shukomar | This is little Shukomar, who was in the hospital for a few weeks with nephrotic syndrome., a kidney problem that caused him to swell all over his body. He became a favorite among the staff and we were so happy to see him doing well at his check-up. Mary (in the blue dress) taught Shukomar how to wink and they would try to see who could make their eyes open the biggest! His mom and little sister are in the background.

10: Usually, Bengali people won't smile for pictures. But, each one of these people had a beautiful smile and it brightened up my day by working with them. Starting from the far left, this mom was in labor for three days, then the little baby had seizrues that started less than 24 hr after birth/ (below) this little one had a severe pneumonia/ (direct right) broken femur from falling from a mango tree/ (far right) 5 broken ribs and hemothorax

13: Here are just a few of the staff that I spent my days working with. It takes a lot of people to run a hospital! It's a diverse team: from the doctors to the "sweepers", social workers and nurses, lab and radiology; techs American and Bangladeshi; short term and full time; speaking English, Bangla, and various tribal languages; Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist backgrounds.

14: Tripura

15: Marung | Rhakain | These are three of the four most common tribal groups that live in the area near the hospital

17: Mehendi: also known as 'henna', it is a plant based product used to make a design similar to a temporary tattoo. It is often done for a wedding or special occasion.

18: The typical dress for a married Bengali woman is a sari. The yellow saris are worn for a "gai holut", a pre-wedding party. A yellow ('holut') paste is made out of tumeric and painted on the bride's face. First, her parents, then family and friends take turns putting some on her face. The party really gets going when people try and catch their friends to smear it on each other.

22: Looking toward the future! For many years, there has been discussion about building a new hospital. Most of the funds have been raised for the new building but there is still lots of work to be done. John (left) is a retired architect that was in Bangladesh for several months to help with the blueprints. We praise God for sending him and his wife, Nimi, to us! There is still a lot of work to be done, decisions to be made, and lots of details to finalize. We pray that God continues to direct and lead us in the plans for the future.

23: Fun Times with Great Friends

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