By Kim Sprout, Director of Medical Projects
Jeneba, a 65 year old woman, came to Mercy in congestive heart failure. She was weak, breathless, and her entire body was puffy with excess fluid. She was also unable to eat, walk, or stand. She was admitted to Mercy for two months while they dealt with her various symptoms and getting her stabilized. Finally, she was able to go home to her family. A very humble woman, all she would say when asked about how she felt was “I thank God."
Although the elderly are revered in Sierra Leone, it may be very difficult for them to get adequate medical care. Mercy is intentional about treating people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay.