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  • Kenneth E. Shockley
    Jul 12, 1999
      I hesitate to send this out. Diana is OK. I spoke to her mother, and a
      mutual friend in Madison. She was on the trip, and is shaken (obviously),
      but is OK.


      Kenneth Shockley
      Department of Philosophy
      Campus Box 1073
      Washington University
      St. Louis, MO 63130

      On Mon, 12 Jul 1999, Christine Chumbler wrote:

      > From: "Christine Chumbler" <cchumble@...>
      > Our own Diana was, according to Lauren Dutko, supposed to be in that group as she is attending Med school in Wisconsin. Even if she wasn't actually there, I'm sure she could use our support during this time.
      > >From the reports I saw (and I'm not sure why I didn't forward them to the ujeni), the driver tried to beat the train over the crossing and lost.
      > christine
      > >>> <Susan_Clasby@...> 7/12/99 9:45 AM >>>
      > From: Susan_Clasby@...
      > Some very sad news.
      > ---------------------- Forwarded by Susan Clasby/AMS/AMSINC on 07/12/99
      > 09:45 AM ---------------------------
      > Sue Clasby <sue_clasby@...> on 07/08/99 11:21:40 AM
      > To: Susan Clasby/AMS/AMSINC
      > cc:
      > Subject: Fwd: MCV News
      > It is sad to share with all of you who have been supporters of the Malawi
      > Children's Village the news that thirteen medical students and their
      > faculty
      > advisor from the Wisconsin have been involved in a very serious accident on
      > their trip to Lilongwe to fly home. The van they were riding in collided
      > with a train in the Balaka area. There was one fatality among the
      > students.
      > The driver of the van also died.
      > The group has been medi-vaced to Johannesburg where four of the group
      > require
      > additional hospitalization and treatment. At this point, they are stable.
      > Arrangements are being made for the remainder, who have been treated for
      > various injuries, to fly home Wed to Wisconsin. A physician on the
      > Wisconsin
      > clinical faculty is traveling to South Africa to stay and provide support
      > to
      > those who will remain hospitalized. The medical school is coordinating
      > information and plans. I will be able to provide more information as they
      > inform me.
      > I have talked with Megan Walsh, a former PCV in Chitipa, who helped
      > organize
      > the experience for the students. She, like the rest of the group, was
      > shaken
      > but doing the best to move forward. She wanted me to assure all those I
      > had
      > contact with that the experience at MCV had been an extraordinary one for
      > all
      > in the group. They had combined this with a program at the Mangochi
      > District, were they shared in the community health training program for
      > Malawi medical students. At MCV the group set up a community library and
      > had
      > over thirty kids coming in every day for books and to be read to. They
      > also
      > built a net ball court for the girls and set up a playground for the
      > younger
      > children. In addition, they had ample exposure in the villages, observing
      > our village teams and talking to orphans and their caretakers. They also
      > built a home for a grandmother taking care of orphans in one of the
      > villages.
      > When I talked to Megan last week she reported that the group was "having
      > even a better experience than they could have anticipated." I was, of
      > course, looking forward to learning more about their experiences as a group
      > and as individuals.
      > The Dean of the Medical School at Wisconsin said that the parents of the
      > student, Michelle, who died wanted all to know that their daughter's
      > fondest
      > dream was to do what she had the opportunity to do this summer. They feel
      > blessed with the joy that it brought her. Michelle herself had made a
      > commitment to continued involvement with MCV, and according to Megan, was
      > eager to return home and discuss with us more ways that she could continue
      > to
      > be involved during her medical school years.
      > All of us who are parents are constantly involved in the equation of
      > balancing how much to protect our children and how much to push them toward
      > the risk-taking that goes with healthy independence. As we have all
      > experienced, this is often a tricky equation. For now, it is our task and
      > commitment to assure that the positivity of this experience is not drowned
      > out by the tragedy. This is something we will allbe working on in the
      > days
      > to come.
      > I am currently unable to reach the Sibale's by phone, but it will be
      > important to them to know how much they have been appreciated by the group
      > and how support is being rallied to aid a group of students who quickly
      > became their friends.
      > I will provide more information as it comes to me. Do not hesitate to call
      > for information or ways you might help.
      > Kevin
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