Tuesday 2nd July – from 06:45 to 08:40
It is 6:30a.m. I ask my wife “Did you also just hear the ambulance siren?” – she nods and takes a sip of her coffee. The mobile rings. “Seven people injured!” With that our breakfast is put on hold.
Flashback: at 5a.m. a lorry is winding its way up the serpentines to Curahuasi in the dark. The driver and his wife are sitting in the driver’s cab, while 5 others are standing on the loading area. The driver nods off for a few seconds: the lorry falls over the embankment into the depths overturning itself several times. Two people die during the lorry’s fall. Five reach the bottom still alive.
Peace still fills Curahuasi. No one knows what has happened. Only an hour later does the bad news hit the town. The fire-brigade heads to the scene. Hard work awaits them: they have to climb 300m down the steep embankment to retrieve both the living and the dead.
The missionary hospital’s A+E functions like clockwork. By 8:30a.m. all patients have been given emergency assistance.
In the service 200 people hear about a hope that conquers blood, tears and death.
6:45a.m. – Many people are waiting outside the hospital’s gates.
7:16 a.m. – the doors to the A+E are wide open. Those involved in the accident are due to arrive at any moment.
7:20 a.m. – the first ambulance arrives. Nurse Steffi and traumatologist Dr Boeker roll the patient through the door.
7:20 a.m. – Dr Julian Swanson, Dra Jens Haßfeld and nurse Maribel take care of one accident victim.
Dra Carla Chiriboga, Dra Martina John and nurses Ricarda and Steffi provide quick first aid.