"Oh, you're in Year 12! Fantastic! You speak English!" we were all unduly excited about the Zambian schoolgirl's ability to communicate. Unfortunately she had a sore throat and refused to talk much, however her school friends who came and visited helped us out with her history.
During the afternoon, my patient in the next bed went missing for a few hours. I really needed to do a blood test, so I asked one of the girl's friends if she knew where my patient was.
"Yes I do" she smiled
"Oh good!" I said, relieved, "Where is she?"
"She has disappeared"