Magazine article Geographical

Saving Lives in South Sudan

Magazine article Geographical

Saving Lives in South Sudan

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Dr Kirrily y de Polnay, an English doctor who until recently was based at Kingston hospital in London, is working at the clinic run by Medecins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Jaman refugee camp in South Sudan.

'Here, thousands have arrived after fleeing fighting and bombing in Sudan's Blue Nile state.

Most of the patients are so polite, you almost forget you're in a refugee camp. It's only when a child comes in who's had diarrhoea for a month and it turns out they've had nothing to eat or drink for two days and they've had five seizures during that day--that's when you suddenly remember where you are.

You swing into action and descend on the child, and it's drips in, lines in, any way you can get something in to save this life. And the parents are so worried and stressed, and the children you are dealing with are often malnourished, so you have to do everything incredibly gently because you can easily tip a child into heart failure or into pulmonary oedema.

It's a delicate balance; you're not dealing with healthy children who have become sick. …

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