MY ENCOUNTER WITH ‘THE AIDS PATIENT’

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As a medical student, we encounter different kinds of ailments caused by varying causes. I have come across a lot of HIV(human immunodeficiency virus) patients but not an AIDS(acquired immune deficiency syndrome) patient.

I came across ‘The AIDS patient’ during our routine ward rounds on a Monday at the hospital and she was a very striking figure.

I got attracted to the woman not because of her plight or suffering but due to the stigma and isolation surrounding her.
The woman was dried to her bones with flies hovering around her. The stench around her was pungent. Even with open eyes and the rising and falling of her chest. She still looked a dead person. She could neither eat nor drink so she’s on intravenous medication.

The most painful part about the woman’s condition was the fact that even her family had abandoned her and were patiently waiting for her death to be buried.

This was my most interesting experience so far because even though it highlighted the present sufferings of HIV patients, it also shows the callousness of humans to one another.

Written by Damo

 

Damo

Damo

Your friendly neighbourhood guy who believes himself BLESSED not LUCKY. I would always say it as it is without mincing words. A walking jukebox. I believe I was born to serve God and others. My column – Kaleidoscope. Follow me on twitter @keyedamola

7 comments

  1. Wait o!! Is dis all?? Is dis article supposed to kip me in suspense till d next 1 comes out..cos it just seemed like a complete waste of my time.so d fact u saw an AIDS patient is now a big deal..in all ur years in Med school??? In case u don’t know AIDS is stage 4 and by dat time most of the patients are taken home cos its very difficult for them to regain their health especially in the Tropics here.. Oh please write something better next time.

  2. Also met ‘a full grown Aids’ patient sometime in 2003 in Luth but unlike the woman you described he was looking ok though he died within one week after I met him.

  3. Damo….are u 4real….I lived amongst HIV….AIDS victims thruout my internship….dude wat fabo said…..write something better,I can tell u abt AIDS d 4stages…evrythin. Come on nd 360admin u posted this….

  4. Damo….are u 4real….I lived amongst HIV….AIDS victims thruout my internship….dude wat fabo said…..write something better,I can tell u abt AIDS d 4stages…evrythin. Come on nd 360admin u posted this….even me sef 4reading this….shame on me.

  5. This is so touching. I wish people would show more love nd care to victims of HIV nd AIDS cos it might av bn caused by no fault of theirs. Nice piece Damola

  6. Like it was introduced, It is a short story. It was not written to school the ‘layman’ because he may not understand the four stages or the HIV structure. It is just a piece to draw the attention of readers to the experience these patients have. It serves to further remove any doubt that the disease does not exist. It serves to enlighten the public that all these patients need from us is all the care we can give and not discrimination.

  7. this is nice. i believe in what you have written as you are trying to tell people not to desert their friends and family in times of need.

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