Editor Gwen asked me to tell you about her brother-in-law's homecoming, and she sent along some pictures.
Gwen's brother-in-law Mohammad has been in the hospital to have a cancer removed from his intestines. He used to drive a taxi in Davao, but has been sick for many months; I'm told he used to be a "big man" but is now very thin. In the picture above, you see him in the hospital with Gwen (smiling), his wife Noraisa, and his children Jamella (left) and Ali (right).
Now you see him leaving his hospital room to go home, thanks to your donations, plus help from his extended family, some charities, and local government. Gwen even had to pawn some jewelry at the last minute! (You can't leave until you pay your bill, and the bill keeps going up and up...) Above, that's Mohammad with Gwen and his oldest son Faiz.
Now he's out of the hospital! The doctors believe they removed all of the cancer. In the orange, that's his wife Noraisa. The lady on the left is Rosemia, oldest sister of Gwen's.
When Gwen told Mohammad that they were taking pictures for TMP, he began to cry with happiness.
Now, he is smiling for TMP!
The lady on the left above is Lean (pronounced lee-ann), another sister of Gwen's. She has come home from abroad to give birth to her baby. That's her eight-year-old daughter on the right.
Now, he's being officially rolled down the ramp.
Now waiting for the taxi.
And in the taxi, on the way home!
Now, why am I writing this instead of Gwen? First, the family wanted me to go ahead and publish the pictures and thank you for all of your support. And secondly, Mohammad has taken a turn for the worse since coming home, so Gwen didn't feel up to writing and asked me do it. The doctors are not sure why, but Mohammad has no appetite, is consequently very weak, and is confused. They gave him dextrose today for energy. Please keep him in your prayers.