A Battle to Breathe

An infant in an Arctic village struggles to get air into his lungs. Without the necessary medical equipment, is diagnosis futile?

Another day of work at a small village clinic in northern Alaska was coming to a close. The final patients filed out the door as I wrapped up my clinic notes. The setting Arctic sun cast an orange glow on the snow dusting the remote village’s lead gray beaches. The days were becoming rapidly shorter as winter approached, and I sat back and imagined the Arctic Ocean, just outside the clinic windows, under a sheet of ice in just a few months. An elderly woman walked in carrying an infant wra...

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