Rahm’s parents examined the red bumps on his skin once more. Brows likely furrowed. Perhaps it was the blistering rash that concerned them most. Perhaps it was a fever or loss of appetite. Perhaps it was simply the fact the young boy’s symptoms wouldn’t go away.
What was wrong with their son? Why did his condition linger? Would it take his life?
Anxious Parents Seek Cure
Living in a remote village with no motorized vehicle available, Rahm’s family had little access to health care. They were likely among the 4.13 billion people worldwide who would be required to walk 60 minutes or more to reach a health care facility if they couldn’t hire transportation. With no transportation, the government hospital was too distant for Rahm’s family to obtain proper medical attention, if they could even afford it. Instead, they relied on local village doctors, who were inexperienced. When Rahm’s symptoms first appeared, his parents had consulted a local doctor, but the medical treatment they received did little to alleviate their son’s suffering.
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Many families in developing countries, when battling sickness, must choose between going into debt or suffering from untreated ailments that may lead to death. Sometimes, they have no access to health care at all. Free health care in their own village provided by qualified health professionals, such as that offered by Gospel for Asia (GFA) medical camps, offers care that can literally save lives. It also demonstrates Christ’s love to people in need. You can help GFA medical ministry teams meet these physical needs while displaying Christ’s love to the sick and hurting.
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