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For Racheal the past 23 years in her
marriage with Nosa was fine. They
were blessed with two children; a
male and a female. Racheal’s decision
of abandoning her son years back still
haunted her. However, she took solace
of the fact that she now have another
son, though the boy was a real
resemblance of Nosa.
After Five years of their marriage,
unfortunately for both Nosa and
Rachael, the NGO in Lagos they were
working was closed down and they
both were jobless. This made them to
relocate to Asaba as all efforts to
secure job in Lagos proved futile.
Nosa decided to go into business by
opening boutique shops in Asaba the
Delta state capital where he and his
family had now settled. Unfortunately
Racheal remained jobless and become
a full-time housewife. Nosa struggled
to make ends meet, luckily they
succeeded in educating their children.
One day, while Rachael was busy
doing the laundry at the back yard,
her daughter walked up to her and sat
near her.
“Mom, I want to apply in the private
hospitals and see if I can work as
nurse since I completed my course.
Dad told me I can apply instead of
waiting for government deployment”.
Racheal sighed, “I’m so proud of you
sweety. I wish you all the best. I’m
certain you will do well as a
physiotherapist.” she said. Her
daughter smiled. “Thank you mother..
I just hope to find something soon
enough I can’t even wait to become
independent” she laughed.
“Look at you ” Racheal scolded her
“You are just 23 and all you talk about
is being independent.”
“Well mom, I’m going to be 24 next
month remember ” she said smiling.
“Oh my dear, it’s as if it was just
yesterday when I first held you in my
arms. You should have seen your
father’s face, he was the happiest man
on earth.” Rachael said.
Racheal suddenly stopped smiling and
frowned as she remembered her first
son. She wondered how he would have
been. “He must be a man now” she
thought. “Dear Lord, let him be happy
and live a better life different from
his father.”
“Mom!” Her daughter called. “What is
it? You have sudenly gone quite. Are
you okay mum?”
Racheal smiled as she looked at her
daughter “I’m fine dear. Go in and
prepare lunch, your father and
brother must be coming for lunch any
time soon.” She said.
“Okay mum.” She answered.
Racheal sighed and wipped the tears
that have started dropping in her eyes
and continued washing the clothes.
Later, when her husband and son
returned, the family sat at the dinning
table having lunch.
Nosa broke the silence. “Honey.” He
called his wife. “My friend I told you
that works at Umege just called me. I
had appealed to him to help our girl
find a job there and he just confirmed
there is a Chinese hospital that is
looking for a physiotherapist. So my
dear” he said looking at his daughter.
“Prepare yourself next week you are
going to work in Umege.”
They all expressed delight on hearing
this. Their daughter could not hide her
excitement at the prospect of working
in a Chinese hospital.
One day, after Nora had worked for
just five month, she was called to the
office of the Director and told to sit.
She sat opposite her boss.
“Doctor Ali said “We have a patient
who needs your services. He was
involved in an accident. It happened
as he was driving home drunk a week
ago and now he is paralysed waist
down. I diagnosed him and I think
that with lots of therapy he might walk
Nora nodded all through as she
listened to his boss. He handed her the
file. She looked at the the patient’s
name “Joseph Aloba” flipping through
the pages as she read the records of
his illness. Nora walked to the ward to
meet her new patient.
She looked at him, a handsome man
probably in his Late 40s . She smiled
at him as she walked closer and
greeted him. “How are you feeling
Sir?” she asked him.
Joe turned and looked at her. ” Im not
well nurse” he said sadly. “I was told I
might never walk again.”
Nora smiled, “Don’t lose hope yet Mr
Aloba. If you are strong enough I am
sure God will help you walk again.”
She moved to his legs and touched
them, pricking his feet with a sharp
needle as she observed his facial
expression. “Can you feel this?” She
asked him
“No” he said shaking his head. “well I
will be here to help you through this
sir. though it means someone has to be
bringing you here everyday for
therapy until you feel better.”
Joe shook his head. “I stay alone at the
moment my son moved out of the
house. That means I have to find
someone to help me.” “sure” Nora
agreed. “If anything I would
recommend a close relative to stay
with you so they help you move
around the house for the time being.”
After a long talk Joe was convinced he
needed someone by his side. He tried
to talk to his son to come back and
stay with him..
“I will see if I can get some days off
dad.” Nathan told his father. ” I cannot
promise more. Just hire a nurse to stay
with you ” he suggested on phone.
Nathan had visted his father four
times after the accident but he was
clearly not willing to move in with his
The idea of hiring a in nurse at home
made sense and Joe requested for
Nora from the hospital. Even when he
was seriously charged Joe gladly
accepted the price. He admired the
way Nora encouraged and helped him
the past week she was attending to
Nora reluctantly agreed, but she had
no other option since the hospital
required her her services there. She
was told she would have her free
times as well during the weekends to
go out and have her free time.
“Go and work” her parents told her on
phone when she called them to
complain about her job. “it’s just the
same. Only that you will have to stay
with the patient for a while. he needs
your help” Nosa added. “Thank you
mom and Dad” Nora told her parents.
“I have to get a few things from my
home” she had told Joe when she was
due to resume there.
“My driver will take us both to your
house you get your things and then we
head home.” he told her.
“Thank you young lady” Joe shook her
hand. “you are welcome” Nora smiled,
as she pushed his wheelchair down the
corridor of the hospital to the parking
To be continued…


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