A big needle in a hay stack

My life in Baucau has been malnutrition. Every patient presents with severe wasting, impressive edema and/or diseases secondary to poor nourishment.

Things changed the other day when a seven month-old presented for pneumonia. When I looked down to examine the patient, my eyes lit-up. This infant was the size of one of my three year-olds down the hall. She seemed enormous. What was the trick, you ask? Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months.

The patient needed antibiotics for 24 hours and then was prepared to go. No week-long recovery like the malnourished patients. Momma was proud of her child and she deserved all of my praise.

Finally, a healthy child!

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