Perfect timing at its best
We were not looking forward to May 2018. That was the month when anaesthetist Dr Tobias Malisi was due to finish his three year stint in Curahuasi and all of Diospi Suyana’s anaesthesia devices were due to be turned off. Our doctors from the gynaecological, urological, traumatological, ophthalmological and general surgery departments could then have started twiddling their thumbs and putting their scalpels back in the cupboard. We were expecting a complete shutdown of our operating theatres. Not an easy situation to look forward to.
End of January we received an unexpected email from the South Peruvian city of Tacna. An anaesthetist, by the name of Leslie Fernández, wrote that she had watched a TV-report about the Hospital Diospi Suyana on Facebook and was delighted with what she saw. As a devout Christian she would love to assist our work on the ground.
On the 27th March she and her mother watched the Diospi Suyana story on a screen in my office. Her mother was moved to tears, while daughter Leslie beamed with joy. She had obviously arrived at the right place. She had studied medicine with the aim of helping the poor and here she was given a wonderful opportunity.
Dra. Fernández started work on 1st May. For one week Dr Malisi could show his new colleague the ropes before he packed his bags and returned to Germany with his family. God knows what we need. If we put our trust in him we can actively experience him in our everyday lives. Even if we run out of ideas or solutions, he has a plan and can solve everything. And suddenly we receive an email from the deepest south of the country… /KDJ