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