Humanity First Guatemala

Sirviendo a la humanidad.

"Tres veces al día."

Tres veces al día.

The three words I must have uttered over 300 times today, script after script calling for Motrin for individuals with muscle aches, arthritis, or any other pain.  Despite the plethora of prescriptions filled and patients seen, one patient in particular stood out today.  An 8 year old Guatemalan boy came to the pharmacy area carrying his script for an antibiotic and cold meds, nothing surprising about that, until I read the patient history indicating he had muscular dystrophy.   The boy showed no sign of his illness until he walked away from the pharmacy and I noticed his gait.  I later came to find out from the physician treating him that the boy does not go to school simply because he cannot walk there.

And suddenly, something as seemingly obvious as “taking the simple things for granted” has a whole new meaning.

- Dr. Zujajah Shaikh, Gift of Health - March 2013

"His small hand grasped her finger, but his grip slowly loosened."

As exhausted as I am right now, this day has been yet another amazing experience with Humanity First. After not nearly enough sleep, each and every dedicated team member worked from 8 am to 6 pm running the clinic. Luckily, we were in an air-conditioned building that kept the heat from adding to our exhaustion, but the 10 hours on my feet seemed to last forever. At the same time, the day seemed to end much sooner than it should have. Getting the opportunity to see numerous unusual and amazing medical cases kept all of us motivated throughout the day. The instance that sticks with me the most is when a small baby came to the pediatrics room because he was wheezing and having trouble breathing. After giving him a breathing treatment, we sent him on his way.


His mom brought him back, though, after his breathing worsened. He was having so much trouble that we had to arrange for him to be taken to the hospital. While that was going on, though, Deeana was giving him another breathing treatment. His frail body was motionless and his eyes were barely open. His small hand grasped Gabriela’s finger, but his grip slowly loosened. Watching this made me realize the fragility of his little human life. We were able to stabilize his breathing and send him to the hospital, but have no way of knowing what happened next. I can only wonder how he’s doing now.

- Shazia Ijaz, Gift of Health - March 2013