Monday, November 30, 2009
I first met Maomai and her mother in July. They were the stars of my first patient story (her before and after photos were incredible). However, the histology reports made it uncertain the tumor was completely eradicated. There was a possibility it was derived from a fast-growing cell that could replicate very quickly. When she left, we all prayed the tumor would not redefine itself.
Six months after surgery, it hasn't.
On Wednesday night I was working in my office after business hours. I was really tired, so when I heard a knock on the door, I wasn't particularly excited.
"There is someone you have to see in the cafe."
I got up, locked the door behind me, and was delighted to find Maomai and her mother, Perlagie, sitting at a table. Dressed in matching outfits, they both looked beautiful. Perlagie is still glowing and Maomai is getting big and fat (like babies should).
As my time here winds down and we prepare to leave Benin, it was wonderful to see the full circle of a patient transformation. I'm really happy they are both doing so well.
And may Maomai continue to grow fatter :)