A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
A year before his death, 17-year-old Atria weighs 7 stone. He has left
his village. He is afraid and he is ashamed. He is embarrassed to be here.
He is sweating, he fights. His hands tremble. His pulse is rapid. He tries
His problems aren't only the rashes and the intestinal worms. These
are easily cleared up. But you can't "clear up" anger and fear, or sleepless
nights and panic attacks, or how long a few minutes can seem . . . or the
sense of powerlessness watching your own body fall away, the humiliation of
Elmore-Meegan MK. I Held Him in My Arms and Wept. JAMA. 2000;284(2):152. doi:10.1001/jama.284.2.152
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