The three little patients were in intensive care. There was total silence. I could hardly believe I was in Central Africa, in the heart of the Dark Continent. I could have been in San Donato Milanese, in a Swiss clinic or at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. And I was really moved in seeing how tenderly the ten doctors and nurses were tending to the three children. I pointed this out to Sr Ruth, the night nurse who had visited me and Liliana several times during her training in San Donato a decade ago. She answered me with a smile. “It happens every time”. And then she whispered – very quietly so that the doctors cannot hear her “Have you noticed, Paolo? Every doctor has his favourite children. It’s something spontaneous; I can’t really explain it. Some children always receive an extra hug”.
Pierpaolo Garibaldi è laureato in Chimica Industriale presso l’Università degli Studi di Pisa. Per 35 anni ha lavorato per ENI (Compagnia Italiana del Gas e del Petrolio), specializzandosi in ricerca e innovazione energetica e ambientale. In qualità di esperto e per conto del Ministero dell’Ambiente italiano, ha partecipato a diverse Commissioni Internazionali per la riduzione dei gas serra in atmosfera. Opere precedenti: Come eravamo – I racconti del Borgo (The way we were – Tales from Borgo – 2009), Fantasmi (Ghosts – 2009), Il Signore non aveva previsto la ci-o-due (Il Signore non aveva previsto Cee-O -Two – 2009), Ogni tanto mi giro indietro (A volte mi giro – 2012), Liliana (2014), La stirpe di Shisong (La linea di Shisong – 2017), Centonove quadri a mano (Centonove dipinti scritti a mano – 2020).