Thursday, January 31, 2008


Yesterday (Wednesday) morning I went to visit Tino and bring diapers and food for him and the tia who was staying with him. I and another missionary arrived at the hospital, and found his room. Much to our surprise, the tia had packed up his bag, and said the doctors had discharged him. "What?!" I was shocked. His was laying motionless on the bed. The doctor was still in the room, but dealing with another patient. When he finished I caught him and asked him why they were sending him home. "Oh, he won't get better. He will either stay like this, or slowly grow worse." "Yeah, but weren't you going to do another CAT scan to see if the swelling had gone down?" "He will stay like this or get worse. We are sending him home with you now." Oh how I have struggled these past 2 days with our lousy medical care. So, we brought him home with us. Today he went to GATV (HIV clinic) and was seen by several doctors and they said he definitely should NOT have been discharged. They did an EKG (or something like that, by the neurologist) and he is having seizures regularly. He is suffering so much. He's not had anything to eat today, and only drank a little water. To top it off, the hospital put a feeding tube in and sent him home again. Well, the tube is so tiny we can't get anything through it! 

Today I had to just come to the realization--God is in control. Obviously we cannot trust in medical care. And even then, they can only do so much. So, please pray. I talked to Tracey tonight (she is the missionary over the baby house) and she said she feels to pray God take him quickly or do a miracle. But either way do it quickly so he doesn't suffer any more!

Please pray as God leads you. Pray for those caring for him. Pray for the children that know him and love him. Pray for God's will to be done in perfect timing, and for Tino to be a testimony of God's loving care.

Thank you for your faithful prayers!!
In Him,


New Mom said...

That just makes me want to go knock that doctor's head off. I don't understand how anyone could be so heartless. I keep asking God, "what can I do?" I will pray and try to get others to join with me also. My heart is broken for this little boy.

Oh Father, please do something quickly!

I can't even imagine how difficult it must be for you, Anna to see a little child suffering so much and not be able to stop it. I will pray for your strengthening as well.

New Mom said...

Anna, would you mind if I copy and paste the posts on Tino to my blog? I think that more people would see it and remember to pray that way. I will provide a link to this blog as usual also. Because of the time-sensitive nature of the prayer request, I am going to go ahead and do it and if it is a problem let me know and I'll delete it.