"She is so beautiful! You wouldn't know her!" the clinical
officer exclaimed as she saw the adorable, smiling 4 year old girl.
The clinical officer meant that the best possible transformation
had occurred; this little girl is now so healthy and big and strong
that you would never recognize her as the malnourished, abandoned
toddler who first came to the clinic. The little girl's parents
both died from HIV, leaving her in the care of an indifferent
grandmother with an alcohol addiction. Eventually, the little
girl was essentially left on her own, foraging and begging for
scraps of food on the outskirts of the village and living in the
Judging from the clinic notes, she first came in as a tiny,
skeletal toddler, covered in a terrible rash. Now, the first
thing you notice is her beautiful smile. She is a gorgeous, healthy
girl in a red flowered skirt, flourishing with her HIV medicines
and good care at a local children's home. She is going to preschool
(the baby class, they call it here) and starting to learn her
"A resurrection," said the clinical officer. "A miracle."
The AMPATH HIV clinic in Turbo, Kenya used work these miracles
from one small exam room within the Ministry of Health's cramped
health clinic. Today, the AMPATH HIV clinic has its own building,
with 4 exam rooms, its own pharmacy, and offices for nutrition
support, social work, drawing blood, and even mental health care.
They care for over 1,100 children with HIV. Including a beautiful,
miraculous orphan in a red skirt.
Working on planning more miracles for Turbo today.