Kenya: missionary nun dies after spider bite

 A nun, Sister Rosetta (Elsie) Furlong of the Medical Missionaries of Mary congregation, died on Saturday, April 28 at Lodwar town in northern Kenya, close to the Sudan border, following a bite by a hunting spider on Thursday. The Medical Missionaries of Mary issued a statement announcing the very unexpected death of Sr Rosetta (Elsie) Furlong in Lodwar on Saturday, April 29. Sr Rosetta's funeral will take place today at 12 noon, at St Austin's Church, Lavington. Burial will follow in St Austin's cemetery. Born in June 1937 in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, Ireland, Sr Rosetta served as a nurse-midwife in Italy, Ireland, and Kenya. Single-heartedly dedicated to offering the best possible health care to the poorest, she worked in various parts of Kenya, including Aror, Kerio Valley. She gave her heart to the Turkana people, in Lokitaung, Nakwamoro, and Lodwar, where she died. She is deeply mourned by her sisters Kathleen, Nancy, brother Stephen, all her relatives, and her MMM sisters. She is remembered above all for her tireless nursing care, her willingness to go not just the extra mile, but many miles to remote villages to bring in the sick, wounded or pregnant mothers to Nakwamoru Health Centre; her daily travels with the mobile clinic team to nomadic groups 80 km and more from Lodwar; the lengths she went to, and persuaded others to help, so that a single disabled child could walk again. She died as she lived, simply and quietly. "Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord". Source: CISA

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