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Authored by Helaina Thompson

A palliative care patient smiles at the camera as his calf rests at his side in the Union Territory of Pondicherry, India. Before taking the photo, a nurse helped me ask for permission, translating the request into his native language Tamil.(The Daily Iow

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A cup of hot tea sits in my palms. This is my second visit to India, and I’ve answered this question many times. “Our organization serves the elderly and the critically ill, those who have been abandoned by their families,” I say. “We give them medicine for their pain. We provide social support. Many of our patients don’t even have someone to talk to.”