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Dr. Daniel, director of GFA’s medical ministry on the field, shares about his passion for proper healthcare in his country and its importance on society. This was not the first time I had seen patients by candlelight. But what I saw under the dim light of the candle, in that small windowless room, reshaped the way I see health care in my home country of India. A couple of years ago, I and a team of doctors went on a medical mission trip to rural villages in North India. In one village, we were greeted by about 400 villagers eagerly waiting for us to see them. That day went by fast, and before you knew it, you were seeing patients under the dim light of a candle. Then she came in. She was a young village mother with her 2-year-old son. She sat down on the stool and said to me, “My child is not feeling well.” 16 | Gospel for Asia | gfa.org I started to say hello to her son when the mother said, “No, no. Not him.” She proceeded to unwrap a bundle in her lap, which had escaped my notice. The moment I saw what the thick blanket held, I shot out of my chair. There in front of me was the most pitiful looking baby I had ever seen. She was hardly a month old, emaciated with sunken eyes and loose skin like a 90 year old. Her breathing was heavy, as if someone had a stranglehold on her neck. One look, and I knew she was in danger. I asked the mother what happened. She said the baby wasn’t drinking breast milk or anything else. Knowing there was precious little I could do, I told our missionary who was conducting the camp to take this family to the nearest hospital immediately. GFA stock photo Who Cries When a Child Dies?