The Mother

“Can a mother forget her nursing infant and not have compassion on the child of her womb?” Isaiah 49:15

After I arrived in a village to treat the sick, the pastor approached me. “There is a special mother and her baby who are coming now to see you.”

It looked like the woman carried a board wrapped up in a blanket. She put her bundle on the bench and lifted the covers. The two year old, dressed in clean clothes with her hair braided, looked like she was sleeping. Examining her, I found her vital signs were normal and the child appeared well-hydrated and nourished. She looked like a healthy little girl, but was comatose.

“My baby will not stay awake.”

“How long has she been asleep now?”

“Three or four months.  She can’t move any parts of her body.”

I took out a needle and lightly poked her foot, her arm and her shoulder. The child didn’t react, so I pressed harder, but there was still no response. The girl was in a coma, but no one could survive that state for that long without food and water.

I asked, “How did the sickness start?”

“She suffered a convulsion and fell down. She sleeps all the time, but wakes up every couple of days for porridge.”

Impossible, no one could come in and go out of a coma every few days.

The pastor pleaded, “Please give the child a cure and pray for her.”

I had no treatment and didn’t want to give the mother hope, but I had no right to deny anyone hope, so I prayed.

With a grin covering her face, the mother picked up the child and left.

“Thank you for encouraging the mother.” The pastor smiled. “She came for help, but now has hope. She deserves to have her child live because she takes good care of that useless baby and carries her around as if she were a precious gift.”


Any mother who cares for her child against all odds like that, is also precious.

“Keep your love for one another at full strength, because love covers a multitude of sins” I Peter 4:8


About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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