Yvonne Nyirantashyo

Only sometime now I get backache and to remember again not being in pain like times before. Now important things was when I started to be a member of palliative care, and to see the difference for a patient who has pain. I AM STILL IMPROVING due to those patient. NOW MY PAINS IS STILL IMPROVING AGAIN BECOUSE ITS THE FIRST TIME TO SHARE IT AND I ASK ALL PATIENT ARE IN PAIN WILL GET HELP SOON LIKE ME. I THANKS. 

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May excuse concerning my poor inglish in fact I speak French. So I am living here in Malawi now 6 years from Rwanda. i think each and everybody knows what happen there? I had a severe pain due to the death of Mother, died like animals and father put him in petrol then in the toillet, and sister and brothers. We was 9 child and I was a last born. Then after that THEY RAPED me. Then they left me near the road, imagine I was 11 yeas old with different men. I just remember they were a criminal team. so I spend 3 days there and the pain was so much no cloth, then bleed a lots, then I got infection and general body swelling due to what? Then I had a big wound on my foot due to knife [big] so that time the Hospital were not working and Health centers. so by that time I suffered too much and severe pain. I can not find anybody anywhere to explain that pain. its still difficult to me. 

then by chance I meet with I can say a good samaritan passed me then my visual was so confusions then the voice I do not know say in my heart I thing you can try to cough, then I did that then she ran away for me. The she back again, she started to cry ask me what happen and to respnd it was so difficult. Then she give me the one of her cloth, then she tried to put me on her back to go to her home. then she started to treat me by traditional medicine with a bad smel and big wound. after 1 week I stared to talk in difficult words then in 3 weeks time I started to talk complitly so I was ask myself what lon for me and happen? So she asked me do you know me then no Me I know your father and Mother. Then me ask her where? are still alive? I didn’t all ol died then she told me maybe or not. 

So in 3 months time the hospital started working but not properly then she brought me there then. I spend 6 months there due to my leg but the Doctor asked me what happed so I responded there was a pain again, very, very severe pain for me. Then he thought himself maybe this victim has had a lot of problems. Then he made a plan for me like VCT. It was a first time to hear it then said to go to vct room where I cry a lots. So by chance they did find HIV. Only sometime now I get backache and to remember again not being in pain like times before. Now important things was when I started to be a member of palliative care, and to see the difference for a patient who has pain. 

I AM STILL IMPROVING due to those patient. NOW MY PAINS IS STILL IMPROVING AGAIN BECOUSE ITS THE FIRST TIME TO SHARE IT AND I ASK ALL PATIENT ARE IN PAIN WILL GET HELP SOON LIKE ME. I THANKS. 

Yvonne Nyirantashyo 

  • Blantyre, Malawi
  • Written by: Yvonne Nyirantashyo
  • Friday, 23 January 2009

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