Caring when it counts

Caring when it counts

As the MAF plane lands in Mount Hagen, Communications Officer Mandy Glass is there to meet the patients and help with the hospital transfer.

'We gave the patients medevac bags. We just had enough to bless the women. Martha instantly clothed the woman on the stretcher with a shirt to cover her body.

Firsthand account by Communications Officer Mandy Glass. Photos by Mandy Glass and LuAnne Cadd.  

Martha is a real blessing when it comes to care for the medevac patients, talking gently to them, explaining things and just encouraging them!  

As we were all waiting for the ambulance to arrive, many of us gathered around the trolley with the severely injured woman. We listened to the woman with the small child with the eye injury telling the heart breaking story about this woman’s experience and the impact of the earthquake on the people's life in this remote place. We were very touched and shaken and then we gathered to pray for these people and their communities.

As the ambulance wasn’t able to carry all patients we took the MAF base bus too. We had the two men from Bosavi on board and the woman with the baby.

At the hospital it was a bit chaotic. The ambulance driver transferred the woman to the hospital stretcher and gave us instructions where to go next. We figured out that the emergency ward was right behind us and eventually a guard took the stretcher. 

'Martha is a real blessing when it comes to care for the medevac patients, talking gently to them, explaining things and just encouraging them!' 

The emergency staff were very helpful and immediately took care of the severely injured woman, who was also pregnant. But with the crowded hospital at its limits to take inpatients for treatment, the emergency staff said they might discharge some of the people sooner rather than later. 

This is challenging as these people don’t have wantoks (people from their community who live nearby) they could ask for help and a place to stay.

So I provided them all with a health booklet and we get some fresh fruit at the market for them all as well as a cup, plate and spoon and a blanket each, (We just had a youth group doing a little fundraiser for medevac patients to bless them with some essentials).

The people will be referred to different wards after they’ve been seen by the emergency staff. I left them all with MAF’s phone number to call if we have to take them back to their villages.'

'We were very touched and shaken and then we gathered to pray for these people and their communities.'