Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"This Child Died"


"This child died."

Dr. Kaufman's words keep echoing in my head. A beautiful little two-year-old girl, who died because there was no insulin.

I wish I'd taken a picture of Dr. Kaufman's slide so I could show you that precious face. It's a face I won't forget. Big brown eyes. Curly black hair. Hands laying above her head, curled into fists. Her tiny, malnourished frame.

"This child died."

There I sat, staring at the picture of this little girl, with an insulin pump full of insulin. In a room full of people with Type 1 Diabetes, carrying pens/pumps/vials full of insulin. Unfair doesn't even begin to describe it.

"This child died."

Even now, as I sit here at home, there are three full vials of insulin in my refrigerator, mostly paid for by my health insurance. And when those run out, I'll call for a refill and pick up three more.

Injustice. That's what this is. It's an injustice that this little girl died. It's an injustice that children are dying every day due to lack of access to insulin.

"This child died."

We cannot save that little girl. But we can do something. Spare A Rose, Save A Child. Just $5 can provide enough insulin to give a child a month of life. You can quite literally save a child's life. At my house, there'll be no flowers given this year. We're giving hope instead. Giving life.

We can change what happens to these kids. You can change it. Because of YOU, we can change the story: "This child lived."

This child LIVED.




4 comments:

  1. This is so beautifully written, Jess. Hearing her talk about those kids and seeing their faces on the screen, yes so very heart-breaking. And makes this DOC effort even more personal, to have those images in the mind and know that we can do something about it. Thanks for sharing this post, and helping to spread the word.

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  2. This is beautiful... Hauntingly so. I wasn't there, but those words still pierce my heart. Thank you for writing this.

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  3. This is a gorgeous post, Jess. Thank you for writing it.

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  4. That was definitely the moment that brought the point home for so many of us. Think of all the children that this will no longer be true for just by one community joining together and skipping a few wilting flowers.

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