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Amy waits outside a hospital room, her heart pounding and tears flowing down her cheeks. Doctors and nurses hurry by. Don’t they know her heart is breaking? Her father, the person she loves most in the world, lies motionless in a bed where only the beeps of monitors and machines break the silence. Painfully, she recalls dancing with him at the Father-Daughter Dance, cheering uproariously by his side as the Giants score, and belting out Beatles songs in the front seat of his pickup truck. She trembles at the thought of having the man in those vivid memories whisked away in the blink of an eye. Earlier in the day, her father had suffered a violent heart attack. She knew he had heart problems due to high cholesterol, but she hadn’t realized how serious it really was.
Beep! Beep! Sarah groans as she climbs out of bed, her joints protesting loudly. Slowly, she pulls on her boots and struggles to close her coat over her pajamas before shuffling outside to the chicken coop. Once the chickens are fed, she walks back to the house rubbing her sore back. Feeling exhausted, Sarah hopes her doctor will finally have some answers for her unexplained weight loss, her dry skin and hair, her aches and pains and constant fatigue.
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As you walk into a small room in Kenya, you see a child, huddled in the corner of his bed. He’s shaking uncontrollably, and his skin is covered with a sheen of sweat. While you pause hesitantly beside the door, his mother carries in a pile of blankets and heaps them onto the child. The boy continues to shiver.
A fisherman sits on top of the calm, murky waters of the Ganges River, pulling in his trawling net. As he lugs it up onto his rickety dinghy, he begins to survey his catches. A few flopping fish, some loose garbage, a mass of plants… and a strange brown rope. He reaches down to pick up the rope, thinking it might be useful to him. As his outstretched hand reaches the rope, it begins to move. He immediately realizes what it is, and tries to draw back his arm. But he can’t move fast enough.