Friends at St. Andrew's, Edgartown, recently invited our intercessory prayers from Maseno, Kenya. The first list I sent included prayers for the sick. The second was a list of the dead (abridged below).
Please join us in prayer for a little less night music.
"We celebrated 'All Saints' and 'All Souls' Days three months ago, but I ask your prayers again today for people who have died. During the past week alone, we lost several patients before they were helped into beds on our wards.
Rhoda, 22, severely anemic and obviously septic, died before we could transfuse or treat her. We don't know why -- a ruptured appendix or ectopic pregnancy? We only know she had internal bleeding and a massive infection. No autopsies are performed here.
James, 41, died from rabies. He was bitten by a dog in October and went to a local healer at the time. He was admitted last week with only a localized "numbness" on his calf at the site of the injury. While I was still looking up "rabies" in Harrison's text, James died -- probably of the "paralytic" variety that I had never even seen. (The more familiar "furious" rabies accounts for 80% of the cases in the world. Both are fatal unless treated within days of the bite.)
Lastly, and most unnecessarily, two babies died of malaria. They simply arrived too late. Loice was 9 months old, Dishon, two years. Both had "three-plus" malaria and were severely anemic and dehydrated by the time they were admitted. If only they had had bed nets and/or had come to the hospital sooner…
When a patient dies at Maseno Mission Hospital, the nurse draws a cross on the front of the chart/file folder, then enters an initial in each quadrant around the cross. Left to right and top to bottom, the initials read 'RIPF' for 'Rest In Peace Forever.'