Miki’s Story

There are many stories that are left untold in the daily travels of Rachel House’s nurses – stories tucked deep in their hearts that speak of great devastation.

This is a story of a little boy’s brave journey.

Miki was 6 months old when problems began. It started initially with a simple cough… that never seemed to get better. The cough degenerated into a more serious TB, then diarrhoea and malnutrition. For this little soul, life has been a long journey of in and out of the hospital. Medical expenses are draining his family’s resources of US$4/day, his condition a constant worry and distress for his young mother of 22.

Miki was finally referred by his doctor to Rachel House, to help manage his symptoms and to stabilise his condition, while at the same time provide support for his mother.

The photos below (photo credit @ Ramadian Bachtiar) capture a visit by one of Rachel House’s nurses, Rina, to Miki’s home to monitor his progress.┬áIn the tiny 12 sqm room tucked behind the high-rise buildings in the Central Business District of Jakarta, Miki’s family share the poorly ventilated space with another family of 4.

Rina entering patient's home

Rina entering patient’s home

Impeccable assessments at the core of Palliative Care

Impeccable assessments at the core of Palliative Care

Rina bringing sunshine & hope

Rina bringing sunshine & hope

Impeccable assessments at the core of Palliative Care

Impeccable assessments at the core of Palliative Care

Information on symptom management & support for the family

Information on symptom management & support for the family

Rina leaving Miki's home

Rina leaving Miki’s home