Photo Diary – December 09, 2012 at 06:32PM

u003Cu003CBeing unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.>>

-Mother Teresa

“Nastya, like Margarita, has a high fever and is at the hospital. She however is in far worse condition than Margarita. Nastya is hardly moved and when a few weeks ago, I just saw her ‘exist.’ Every day is the same for her, staring at the same wall, waiting for the next time someone will insert liquid into her tube.

One night in the bedridden ward, I watched Nastya as she cried. But she didn’t seem to cry for attention. She didn’t stop crying for at least 45 minutes. It was so painful to hear her because it was in my opinion the sound of human suffering. I called for two of the caregivers and one came over. She responded to me in Russian, ‘plakat, plakat’ (cry, cry). I of course could do nothing. I couldn’t explain how to help. I didn’t know what was wrong with Nastya.

Nastya has to eat through a tube down her nose and her mouth is essentially ‘rotting.’ Her lips are chapped, her teeth are brown. As far as I know, her teeth have never been cleaned. And no one seems to ever touch her, probably in fear of hurting her.

While I hate to write such horrible things about Nastya and her condition, it’s important to share my observations so that this picture just doesn’t flash by in a newsfeed on Facebook without an explanation.

Like Margarita, she receives formula that Maya’s Hope sponsors contribute to.

I hope you will keep Nastya in your prayers. Her problem is not that she has a fever… but that no one seems to care. But that isn’t true. I do. And hopefully a handful of people will take the time to read this care about her too.

Big hugs,
Maya” via Maya’s Hope – on Facebook