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ONE BY ONE
A DECISION I HAD TO TAKE
Helena Moseray came from Sier ra Leone
to visit her daughter in Newcastle in 2013.
She wasn't planning a long stay but events
inter vened. She shares her story.
My daughter in Newcastle, a medical doctor,
had a baby in 2013. No problems were
detected during pregnancy and a normal
delivery took place. Some two weeks later
the baby's condition changed with abnor mal
bleeding. A close medical check-up revealed
abnor mal circulation. It eventually turned
out to be hear t surger y for a four-month-
old baby. This news chilled us at home in
Sier r a Leone. The oper ation was indeed
perfor med and was successful. However,
the situation had a significant impact on my
daughter, her husband and me. Although
my daughter was for tunate to be able to
take all her accumulated leave, her husband,
employed barely a few months, eventually
lost his job.
At the expir ation of my daughter's leave,
and a concessional period which ended
in mid-2014, I took a decision to save my
daughter's job. It wa s a decision I found
difficult to make, but I had to, for I love my
daughter and above all, children, a s shown
by my profession a s a nur sery teacher back
at home. I head an infants' and nur ser y
school, St Catherine's Catholic Pre-Primary,
Lakka , a lovely seashor e community setting.
The school has a population of just over 200
pupils with staff of eight including myself.
There are two buildings but not enough to
accommodate new children. I developed
the school with my par tner-friend, Maria
Teresa Nardello, an Italian woman, with
some meagre funds raised in Italy. We
were looking for ward to constructing an
additional new building to house Classes 4, 5
and 6. Then, to my satisfaction and delight,
I would be in charge of a full pre-primar y
school, a dream of mine. Is it all shattered?
I trust all that to the will of the Almighty.
I also enjoyed the community life of the
Catholic Church as a vice- chair man of the
church council, and an active member of
Helena Moseray. Photo courtesy of Stephen Carter.
the Catholic Women's Association
(CWA). Of cour se I do not forget also
my active par ticipation as a member
of the local community development
organisation. In my decision I did
reflect on all these.
Having decided, I finally left the shores
of Sier r a Leone on 29 July, 2014, for
Australia, my fir st flight. My condition
was rather weak as I had my own
medical problem of diabetes which
I had contended with for some time
now, amidst all my activities. That, I
was resolute, would not stop my
decision. It was Ebola period in
Sierra Leone and some neighbouring
countries, making travel restrictions
another problem which I overcame.
For tunately my jour ney came shor tly
before the ban on flights from Sier r a
Leone, or my dream would have lain
in r uins. I enjoyed a rousing welcome
at the airpor t in Sydney and finally
in Newcastle. It was a joy to see my
gr anddaughter and to wipe tears from
my daughter's cheeks. She was back at
work, hoping her long ordeal was over.
One week, and another week later
things tur ned around for me and her
again! I was more unwell than usual,
given my diabetes. My illness tur ned
out to be a case of cancer of the
intestine, precisely the pancrea s.
I sat down, desolate, on my hospital
bed, dressed in oper ation gear for the
theatre, tears rolled down my cheeks
and those of my daughter and we both
hugged together and pr ayed. I then
sur render ed my whole self as never
before to Christ as I was moved away.
It turned out the operation, of nine
hour s' dur ation, was successful and
was not a big ordeal at all. It was the
procedures following that I dreaded
most, the chemother apy and r adiation.
Thanks to the Almighty I sur vived all
these and I am alive, playing with my
gr anddaughter. I thank God for all the
suppor t, mor al and material, from
relatives, friends, CWA, the Catholic
Community, the dear Sister s.
I r emain assured in the Lord that I will
be blessed to return and continue my
work at home. I consider my decision
wor thwhile after all and an experience
wor th sharing. Pr aise the mighty
BY HELENA MOSERAY
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