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Written by Dr Sunder Rao Bethapudy

blogiconThe unpredictable situations like those in the photos below bring not only joy to the work and but to life when you work among the most primitive and very poor community like the Gadaba tribe.


This happened in Peda Cheepuruvalsa village. I had a busy clinic almost everybody in the village came to see me. Because the clinic is free, they don't need to pay the doctor and the medicines are free.


The clinic is at their doorstep. And of course, the doctor is from London!! (They hardly heard of England)


I was taking a walk along the road towards the distant mountain for a breather (Photo: 1). A group of men were coming in opposite direction. There was a man with a red shirt and a walking stick in the middle. When they came close to me, they stopped and this gentleman with the stick thrust his right hand towards me and showed his right hand. Obviously there is a chronic infection of the terminal part of his right hand ring finger(Photos 2,3). I also noticed his left hand thumb has been missing (photo :4)


Obviously his condition needed more than what I can do in the village clinic. However I know for sure, he is not going to go to Salur town and see a doctor. Because it costs money, besides he has not got the transport. What he needs is an x ray of his hand and a swab for culture and sensitivity and appropriate antibiotic. However I am certain he will not be happy to go through all that procedure.


I took him back to the clinic cleaned, dressed the wound and gave him a course of antibiotics. Also the nursing staff game him the necessary dressing material for daily dressing by one of his relatives until he is seen again by us next week.


Later I got the message that his wound was healing well. I can think of Psalm 37: 4-6.


'Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,

The justice of your cause like the noonday Sun.''

Listen to this beautiful prayer:

Be still and know that I am God

Eternal God,

The light of the minds that know you,

The joy of the hearts that love you,

And the strength of the wills that serve you:

Grant us so to know you

That we may truly love you,

And so to love you

That we may truly serve you,

Whose service is perfect freedom,


Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

after St. Augustine of Hippo, AD 430


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