About Me

My name is Jen Hathorn. I'm a family medicine physician. Since January 2015 I have been living in Egbe Nigeria, which is in Kogi State. I am serving at a bush hospital practicing full spectrum family medicine. I am working with an organization called World Medical Mission which is a part of Samaritan's Purse. This blog is my place to stay connected with you through stories, meditations and pictures. I hope that you enjoy reading the posts!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sparkling Toenails

My little friend Toroti died last night. Many of you knew about her from my updates and prayed for her. She was an incredible person!  The beautiful peace and calm that she displayed in the midst of prolonged suffering inspired many of us who were privileged to know her personally.  Over the past few months it become clear that she was getting worse and that her days in this world were coming to an end.  She was in and out of the hospital as her condition would worsen and then stabilize. Each time she was hospitalized she left a little more depleted. 

Tuesday she was brought back to the hospital lethargic and softly moaning in pain. Her body was swollen and she wasn’t able to interact because of the pain. Thankfully we were able to  control her pain quickly with IV medication and before she fell asleep Tuesday night she was  feeling better and asking for things to color with and for her favorite thing of all — Maltina! Toroti loved Maltina (a carbonated malt beverage that is like liquid molasses)! It was her favorite drink and asking me to buy her one was a part of our ritual greeting. “Hello Toroti!”.  A nod, slight smile and "Maltina" (holding up 2 fingers — she knew how to ask big). 

With her pain better controlled on Wednesday morning she colored in her coloring book, took a few naps, drank a whole Maltina and ate very little. I saw her last around 330 in the afternoon when I stopped by to hangout and paint her toenails with sparkling nail polish. I applied a few extra glittering stick-on gems to her big toes just to make them extra “pretty”. It was fun!  Most of the other patients, family members, and staff joined in, filling the ward with laughter and joy. After I left, she asked her mom for another drink of Maltina, and then she fell asleep. 

She woke up in heaven!  
I'm fairly certain that her sparkling toenails are hardly touching the ground as she dances all over the golden highways of glory!

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