The Face of Cholera by Jeane LaRance

We didn’t expect cholera in our village because we are so high up in the mountains above Jacmel and so far away from Port au Prince. But on the third day of the mission we admitted out first cholera patient, a woman. Her family walked for hours bringing her to us on a donkey. When I saw her I doubted she would recover from this dreadful disease—the skin on her face seemed to be stretched to it’s limit, showing us that she was completely dehydrated. I told her I needed to take photographs of her and was it ok; she agreed and even though she was near death she asked her daughter to make her presentable for the camera. She did recover—but I still have the image of her on my mind.

Jeane LaRance is a Savannah, GA based artist.
To view more of Jean's work, please visit her website.

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