Late one night, healthcare providers rushed to the hospital to treat a 15-year-old girl who had been in labor for three days. Her father had carried her 20 kilometers on an improvised stretcher to the main road before a passing car was flagged down to transport them the rest of the way to hospital.
The young woman brought to the operating room for an emergency cesarean section. The baby was stuck high in the young girls pelvis. The physicians knew that the lives of the mother and the baby were in danger, and that they might not survive.
Fortunately, they operated in time. The mother lived and delivered a healthy baby boy.
Outside the operating room, the young woman’s father was frantic, not knowing whether his daughter and grandchild would live or die. When the doctors told him that they were both alive and healthy, he reached out and grabbed one of the doctors by the shoulders and said, “I never want this to happen to my daughter again.”
This young girl was one of the fortunate few who was able to reach the hospital and receive emergency medical care before it was too late for her and her baby.