Gone but never forgotten
Anine-year-old child and a sixty-year-old woman were my colleagues at Kuwait Cancer Control Center (KCCC) before the Iraqi Invasion. Both were left behind by their families after they left Kuwait. The child recovered through chemotherapy and has become a permanent resident there. The old lady, who was bedridden, also remained there until the Invasion. The hospital became their home, and the staff became their families. The child was loved by all and became the flower of the ward, and the lady, a blessing.
The child no longer cared about his real family though at times I felt that he missed them, but the old lady kept giving excuses for her own family. She was sick and prayed a lot and shared stories about her family. I lived with them for months until the Invasion. They both disappeared, and till now I do not know their whereabouts. They were nowhere to be found after the Invasion.
There are unforgettable stories at the KCCC. There are stories that always remain fresh in your memory. Despite the renovation of the hospital’s wards, every time I pass through that particular ward I picture them both as if they never left. It is like a part of their souls were left behind as an impression reminding us of them.
— Translated by Kuwait Times
It is like a part of their souls were left behind as an impression reminding us of them