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  • Brush with Death Brings Out the Best in Our Children

    Brush with Death Brings Out the Best in Our Children

     

    Spunky and all of eight when Miss Chompoo collapses, her dorm mates help save her life 

    By Father Joe Maier

    Published in Bangkok Post, Sunday Spectrum, July 31, 2016

    The bloom was off our Rose -- but for only a few minutes. She didn't die. It happened this past June 19, a Sunday. A sudden-death horror story. Almost. It began and ended in five minutes. Literally. Five minutes. But she lived.

    That part wasn't guaranteed for another two hours. She regained consciousness in the emergency room of a nearby hospital.

    Today, she's back to playing Thai jump rope, her favourite sport. Total recovery. For now. And, really, that's all that matters, isn't it? There are no tomorrows when you are eight.

    Our Miss Chompoo is delightfully spunky and spicy -- like Thai chilli peppers. Even with HIV/Aids, she's filled to the brim with life. Yet, most of time, she's demure and as sweet as tamarind candy. She's a six-pill-per-day orphan, and so popular in school she's a star third-grader. I can hear my own grandmum naming her, like in that old song, My Sweet Honeysuckle Rose.

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