A dramatic story
A young mother, 18 years old, traveling 300 kilometers on bad roads. When he arrived in Formosa, he suffered an eclampsia; dying with a full-term pregnancy. Sarita was born with a good weight, but with congenital heart disease. She needed to be treated medically in order to live. There was nowhere to take her, so we brought her home.
Almost immediately, we notified an aunt of hers, who had to move from the community to the city. The studies and tests began, the aunt came and went with Sarita, staying with us at home. Thank God and due to the severity of her cardiac arrhythmia, we managed to get her treated at the High Complexity Hospital, undergoing treatment. Sarita, with her few months, went through very delicate situations, but was able to recover almost completely. At one year old, she was discharged to come for a check-up.
That is one dramatic story of the many that we accompany.
The CMC of Formosa collaborate with the Diocesan Aboriginal Pastoral Team. It is a whole team to be able to serve them and be at the total service of the aboriginal communities. EDIPA undertakes its mission in three fields: education, job placement and health. We carry out our work in this last field.
The whole community is involved in it. When the aboriginal communities have to evacuate to a Hospital in Formosa, we are there. We welcome mothers with their children; men with serious illnesses. The indigenous peoples of the country live in remote areas of the city, and it is necessary to accompany them in various services: get medical appointments, buy medicines, have a place to stay or obtain what is necessary so that they can be with their sick family member in the hospital. When the treatments are long, they stay home.
Also when they go from one city to another for an assembly, they are welcomed at home. Even when the assembly is in the city. It is a very nice job, to make possible the conditions for the peoples to live according to their own cultural identity.
We feel at the service of the poorest in the Diocese. And we feel that this is from God.
H. MARTA ALONSO