Well, whatever is going to happen with post-hospital care for Minga is now underway, ready or not. She was released on Friday to the care of her family. After three dialysis treatments she is stable. I will provide more details of where she is and what is happening tomorrow, when I expect to have had a video conversation with her. I’m looking forward to hearing her voice.
Here’s another pic from Minga’s life when I first met her in the late 1960’s, as a Peace Corps volunteer. She was 26 in this photo, and already the mother of six. I was 22 and single. Her family, which included Roberto Delgado and five children, four of them his, lived in that one room with the zinc roof. Minga’s first born daughter, Ana, lived with an aunt. Minga’s open air kitchen, where she cooked on a small fire, is behind Angel, who is about 18 months old. His distended belly is indicative of parasites, not overweight. At that time the family had no running water. Minga had to fill a large barrel several times every day, carrying water in the rectangular can you see at the lower right. Filling the barrel took many trips, but anything bigger than the can would have been too heavy on her head and too hard to balance.
She has worked very, very hard for all of her life.