A story written by BukkyDan ([email protected])…
Joyce forced a smile to cover-up her teary eyes as Barbra walked into the room alongside Ashley carrying a basket-full of food and fruits.
“Congrats” Barbra beamed.
“Thank you, God bless you” came the weak reply.
“awww….so cute, so this is the baby that nearly made you go through knives? Stubborn pretty girl.” Barbra joked picking up Joyce’s baby from the bed.
“Aburo? Isn’t she cute? Who does she look like?” Barba nudged her sister who looked bored already.
“Her mother nao!” Ashley snapped. She felt like snatching that baby from her sister, throw it into the air to die there, then throw punches at her sister till she starts behaving normal. Her anger was kindled when she learnt earlier from Cassandra, that her sister was the one paying the hospital bills and all, which ‘normal woman’ would do that?
“Thank you for everything, God bless you.” Joyce said in a voice close to whisper. The woman before her was indeed an angel, she still showed her love and care after all she made her go through. That woman does not deserve what she went through. For the first time, she regretted all her actions. But that isn’t her delima, her main concern is how her child turned out to be a girl- plan number one failed, what if Williams come back from his so-called business trip and decides to do a test? The child definitely isn’t his, and he sends her packing?- plan number two failing, or what if John refuses to accept her and her child? That would be a disaster.
“when are they letting you go?” Barbra’s excited voice startled her.
“Wow, so we came on time then, its past four already.”
Joyce’s heart missed multiple beats. Going back to that house was a dreaded motive, having Sasha and Cassandra taunt her continuously for giving birth to a female child wasn’t a good idea. The look of triumph plastered on Sasha’s face when she’d be sent out of the house was not imaginable. Only God could see her through- she thought.
All the medical team in the room turned to look at Williams as he strolled into the room on shaky legs, they had sent for him to come have a last glance of his daughter before they take her away.
“I’m…we’re very sorry Mr Williams.” Dr Krishna spoke up.
“Okay.”Williams whispered his eyes on the doctor that was busy on his daughter. He took a position close to Sasha’s head, her face was pale and her lips pursed. Her dark long dreads looked neat and set, her face still held that subborn look of a rebellious child who had no respect for anybody except her Creator. Slowly he wiped the tears stealing down his cheeks.
“she doesn’t need them anylonger, take ‘em off.” He mumbled, he was referring to the tubes and wires going in and out her body.
“I was about to do that when you came in.” Dr Krishna replied as he started to take off the equipments.
“Doc, but you gave me your word.” Williams said accusingly.
“But I said I was not sure.” the doctor paused, how was he going to convince this man who knew nothing at all about Medical terms?
“It was all your fault, how professional does it sound that the oxgen tank fell out of place?” Williams snarled, he really felt like giving the Indian a complete ‘red head’.
“Nehi,- no, it wasn’t…” Dr Krishna stopped talking when they heard a machine beep.
“What was that?”
The beeping sound came louder and faster indicating abnormality, Dr Krishna darted to the machine fixed to Sasha’s chest. His eyes popped out when he saw the indication that her heart was beating faster than normal with an approximation of 250 beats per minute.
He turned to glance at his Medical team, each face had turned red; he felt something push his hand off, next he saw her struggling weakly-mouth opened gasping for breathe, one hand holding her chest tightly- the whole team rushed to her.
“Oxygen.” he cried rushing to grab the tube almost colliding into another doctor trying to get at the same time.
Soon they were fixing it to her face, but her free hand yanked it off, she was still gasping for breathe. It turned into a battle of the strongest as they struggled with the gasping child, for seconds that seemed like hours, they were able to fix it on.
All the Medical team including Williams were thrown into panic as they watched the machine indicate her heart beat was reducing drastically, they all let out a sigh in unision as the indication read ‘Heart beat- Normal’.
Williams gazed at his daughter’s face, it was no longer white- he could see life flowing back into her entire being, the drama that just played before his eyes was indeed a Miracle.
“What is a Miracle?” He muttered.
“A Miracle is your daughter is going to live Mr Williams” Dr Krishna smiled patting his back as he led Williams out of the room to enable the Team do their job.
“Mr Williams, I must tell you; I’ve never seen such all my life.” Dr Krishna said rubbing his palms together.
“That just an act of God.” Williams beamed looking all fresh and relaxed.
“God? How come I don’t know this God?” Dr Krishna cocked an eyebrow.
“This God I’m talking about is the creator of the universe, He made man and gave us life, He alone can give life no other god can. He is Jehovah Rapha- God our healer,”
“Hmm, I’m not convinced.” Dr Krishna shook his head. As far as he was concerned, life is as a result of evolution.
“You confirmed her dead isn’t it? How comes she now lives if not for God? Have a deep rethink Doctor, I’d be so glad to lead you to the onlyTrue God.” Willams rose to his feet, a genuine smile plastered on his face.
“I need to go see her, hope I’m allowed?”
“Yes…but just a minute…I need to show you something.” Dr Krishna picked up a jar from his desk.
“We discovered, that a lump of clotted blood; half the size of a man’s fist, was blocking her air passage-a little wonder she had difficulty breathing.” he paused opening the jar.
“I told you she threw up this morning after she was fed milk right? We found this in her vomit” he pointed at a rusted nail,
“it’s rusting caused severe injuries on her stomach walls, leading to a secretion which almost damaged her Kidney.” he concluded observing Williams face.
“So you mean all this came out of my daughter.”
The doctor simply nodded.
“You can go see her now…just that she won’t talk to you yet, even her vision would be distorted-her hearing ability too…you know, her brain needs some recollection to do.” He loosened his tie taking a deep breathe- it wasn’t easy using plain words to describe Medical terminologies.
“Thank you.” williams was already at the door, the joy of seeing his child alive was enough to make him jump 10000 ft into the sky.
Sasha opened her eyes lazily when she felt something squeeze her fingers, she prayed it wasn’t those aliens coming to force something down her throat. She stared intently at the distorted figure standing by her side, another monster? When would she start start seeing human beings? All she keep seeing was aliens with large ears- this particular one was having large ears and a mouth the size of a sauce pan, with some bluish body.
Where on earth was she? Where is her family?
Slowly she shut her eyes as it was beginning to get strained.
She soon heard a female voice, -that whitish alien that always came to rub some cold substance on her body- she groaned inwardly.
“For how long is she going to be like this?” a familiar baritone voice boomed.
“from the report we took yesterday, she should be able to speak and recognise things in the next 18hrs” the whitish alien replied.
“Mr Williams she’s as good as fine”
Mr Williams?- Sasha opened her eyes almost immediately. So Mr Williams was the bluish alien? What happened to everybody? She pursed her lips- she couldn’t move her tongue to speak, each time she tried she ended making a bubbling sound or a baaa sound.
“Its like she’s trying to recognise me, she’s been staring.” Williams noted.
“Yea she does that.” the nurse replied.
Sasha rolled her eyes, what were those aliens taking her for? A slowpoke or what? Simply cos she felt weak all over her body or couldn’t voice out her mind?
She wished her tongue would move so she would tell them how their ears looked like window panes, their eyes like plastic dishes , their nose like baggy jeans and their mouths like canoes.
The corner of her lips curved into a smile as she continued to stare intently at them, those cartoons characters or aliens looked funny.
“Look, nurse she’s smiling?” Williams said excited.
“she does that almost everytime, it make me wonder what she’s thinking or seeing.” the nurse replied.
Sasha rolled her eyes again, her eyebrows knitted into a frown, can’t she smile again? What kind of planet was she?
“Mr Williams, if you would excuse us, I need to clean her up.” the nurse said politely.
“Okay…love you sweetheart” Williams kissed Sasha’s forehead before heading out of the room.
What was that bluish alien thinking? Loving her? No! She aint an alien, he should go love his fellow aliens- Sasha tried to voice it out, instead of words a bubbling sound escaped her throat.
“that bubbling sound again?” the nurse smiled.
“Come over pretty girl, you need to wash up” The nurse reached for her.
Sasha’s frown deepened, that whitish alien should leave her alone.
“that frown isn’t for me? Is it?”
the nurse giggled softly squeezing water from a towel.
Sasha shut her eyes as she felt something wet rub her body.
To Be Continued….