The wound on his right hand wasn't life-threatening. Still, Tadin was worried.
“Mr. Tadin's right hand is integral for working in the forest. If anything happens, his family wouldn't be able to make ends meet,” Kinari Webb, a friend of Tadin's, told the Pontianak Post.
Kinari is a doctor from the United States. At the time of Tadin's injury, she was in the area around Gunung Palung National Park in North Kayong, West Kalimantan, to conduct research.
She had been worried about Tadin's condition, especially since he had never had a tetanus shot. A dozen years ago, health facilities were difficult to reach in this village in the district, which is a 5–10 hour journey by sea or river from Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan.
However, there was a lesson to be learned from this situation. The incident with Tadin's hand prompted Kinari to start a clinic based in local knowledge that not only works to promote the health of the village's residents, but also works to preserve the forest.
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