In January of 2016, we met the family at the airport. The parents looked exhausted, but the children were excited and eager. Over the next few months, we were able to arrange medical care for the whole family. A kind dentist agreed to look after the children’s teeth, as they had had no dental care, and Syrians apparently love sugar. Another kind dentist took on the big task of treating the father’s multiple dental abcesses. Both dentists waived their fees.
The youngest girl was small for her age and not talking yet. It was determined that she had some hearing impairment, and a small procedure dramatically improved her hearing. Just this week, the little girl, who is now three, demonstrated her ability to do a somersault, demanded a high-five, and, like all three-year-olds, repeatedly said, “Watch me, Janet! Watch me, Janet!”
I have been enriched and humbled by this experience.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada