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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
March 28, 2010 4:15 pm
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At 3 AM on Saturday morning, we were awakened by a motorcycle at the gate and Pastor Peter calling out to us. In a child carrier on his chest was petite little 2-year-old Linda, his daughter named after Linda Byler. She was whimpering, sweating profusely and vomiting. She had been bitten by a scorpion while sleeping in bed. Our electric zapper to treat scorpion bites was 20 miles away, on loan to another pastor whose community had many more scorpion and snake bites than ours.
I took Linda and Peter to the UN camp where they gave her some pain meds, and while we waited for their evaluation, her vomiting subsided. She is so tiny for her age that we were worried about her even though very few people die of scorpion bites.
We brought her back to our house where they rested until morning when her sleepless, worried mother came looking for them. This is a picture of Peter, Beatrice, and Linda the next morning after she began taking tea and porridge. Today, Palm Sunday, she is much improved, although she still holds her bitten hand up like a flag.

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