My New Best Friend


Once a year, the clinic I volunteered at provided inoculations for polio.  This brought people out from deep in the bush, that I normally would never meet.  When this little girl came into the clinic, I knew immediately, she had Downs' Syndrome.  None of the health professionals at my clinic recognized or knew what it was.  She and I bonded immediately.  She giggled and laughed as she sat on my lap waiting for her injection.  People from the community treated her differently because of the way she acted.  They all pointed and laughed as I played with her.  She, above everyone I came into contact with during my 2 years, got under my skin.  Each time she visited the clinic, I was her best friend.



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