Nelson and Cora (and their daughter Stephanie) then took me to a soccer game. The local Loja team was up against a more powerful rival from Guayaquil and trounced them 4-0. There was tremendous exuberance in the stadium, with many people wearing the local colors, including Nelson.
We followed this with dinner at the new KFC restaurant (been there for about 4 months- I guess a sign that Loja is advancing economically!) and then did a tour of the new burn unit, still under construction.
It was an eye-opener for sure. They had two nurses looking after seven patients; four children and three adults. Three of them are from one family and share one room. Among them is a severely burned young boy of about five-years old who is probably going to die soon (he has burns on over 80 percent of his body, including deep face burns). He is lying on a bed with a wood crate over top of him that is covered with blankets. There is a gooseneck lamp inside the crate to try to keep him a little warm. He is slathered with flamazine, and has a foley and an IV. He seems to be unconscious, which is probably a good thing.