Here Sr Mary Fallon recounts an extraordinary and very happy event for two sisters as they travelled by road in the early morning in a remote part of Zambia.
“Recently, Sr. Yvonne Tilimboyi and I were returning from a seminar in Kabwe. We reached Matumbo, a little village near to Mulanga at 2.30 a.m. Michael, the hospital driver was there to collect us. Twenty five minutes later when we were about half a kilometre from home, Yvonne noticed two people by the roadside and was concerned lest perhaps one was a patient for the hospital. She asked Michael to reverse back and when she got out she found that one of the ladies, Brenda Bwalya had just delivered a baby on the roadside and despite the fact that the distance was short she was unable to proceed further to get to the hospital. It was a dark, cold night. What a moment of joy when Yvonne gently lifted the tiny baby into the front of the vehicle and the two ladies got into the back of the car. We reached the hospital within minutes where the mother and baby both got the best of good care. Mulanga is a remote area and the chance of anyone passing at that early hour of the morning was very slight. We thank God that we were travelling and in a position to get both to the hospital quickly.”
Below is a photo of Lwendo, his proud mother Brenda and Sr Yvonne taken when he was 2 days old – he is the third of three boys – the eldest being 5 years old while the second boy is 3 years old.