The mission is not over…
This morning, the Cœur de Gazelles team sets out for two consecutive days away from the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles bivouac. For the second time, the volunteers will enjoy a night under the stars before their final day of work.
Their mission is drawing to an end, but the queues are just as long. A father comes to the paediatricians for help. His 5-year-old son has serious burns over large part of his body. He scalded himself about 5 weeks ago, but could not be taken to hospital, which is too far from home. His parents treated him using traditional methods, but his injuries require more appropriate treatment.
The paediatricians take care of him immediately, and do everything necessary to clean his burns and relieve his pain. The regional nurse is then notified, because the boy will need to have his bandages changed every two days at the most. It will take some time to heal, but Aziz and Abdel will ensure that he receives the care and follow-up he needs.
The opticians are also extremely busy. Suddenly Thibaut’s face lights up: a patient he knows well has just entered his “office”. Mohamed, a 9-year-old with Down’s Syndrome, visited the caravan last year. The opticians have lovely memories of his visit: after his consultation, the timid little boy left delighted with his new glasses!
With a great deal of affection, Thibaut and Audrey carry out vision acuity testing. Mohamed’s sight has not really changed, and communication is easier this time. Feeling confident, he communicates with the volunteers in his own way: through a series of smiles!
The team is delighted to see the little boy, and the feeling seems mutual.
Welcome Mr. Plat!
Éric Plat, CEO of our partner Atol Les Opticiens, does us the immense honour of visiting the caravan today.
Atol Les Opticiens has been involved with Cœur de Gazelles for several years. The company’s sponsorship makes it possible to set up a complete optical unit every year. Through this support, the opticians have access to the materials and equipment they need to treat a wide variety of corrections.