The Art of Caring
Travel Medicine: Service and Caring
Catherine D. Deamant, MD, Joshua Baru, MD, Sandra Frellsen, MD, Elaine Liu, MD, Orlanda Mackie, MD, Ruhi Shariff, MD, and Jennifer Smith, MD
“One doesn’t ask of one who suffers: what is your country and what is your religion? One merely says, you suffer, this is enough for me, you belong to me and I shall help you.”
—Louis Pasteur, inscription on statue in front of the old Cook County Hospital
Our palliative care service was established in 2001. In the first week, a terminally ill immigrant patient asked us to help him return to his home country. Since then, hundreds of foreign-born patients have made the same request.
KR came to the United States at the age of 20 to study nursing. After her studies, she planned to return to Jamaica to work. Within months of arriving, she felt weak. Uninsured, she came to our public hospital for evaluation. The diagnosis was leukemia. She began treatment with hopes of remission.