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   We stayed overnight and early morning of the next day, just before 5 o'clock the little girl was born. It was such an easy birth, and with pink skin on the inside of her little hands and the pink soles of her feet, happily resting in the arms of her mother, I still see it before me and still know where the bed stood in the hospital. The dawn came on Meherbad hill with all its wonderful colorings, as if the world had just been started. What a lucky girl to be the first-born baby in Baba's new hospital.
Photo of Painting of Baba by Helen Dahm
        
    Afterwards many women came, with all kinds of diseases, very often they came too late. We had to watch out that relations, who used to come with the patients, would not give them food, which would prevent them from getting well. The room was full, the beds, under the beds and sometimes the floor was covered. They had also contagious
Baba by Helen Dahm

 

diseases, but none of us was ever infected, nor were the patients, and all in one room. At night when I kept watch, I used to learn from an English pharmaceutical book. The doctor used to write the prescriptions and then I had to mix the medicines. At the time we did not just buy all the medicines readymade. Nadine Tolstoy was the matron, but I had the keys of the cupboard in which we kept the poisons, which when mixed in proper proportion, became the healing medicine. It was a hard and wonderful time. The women were amazed that we Europeans would nurse them, without pay, just to serve God and train in selfless working. We did not feel that way only, we felt lucky to work for Baba's schemes. As soon as we were getting used to this kind of work, and most probably got attached to it, the hospital was closed again after some months. The blue bus was bought and we went on tour throughout India.

 

Now about Baba's visit to Switzerland in 1952, after the car accident in U.S.A. It was summertime and also school holiday time, August 1952. Baba with party arrived at Zurich- Kloten. I had purchased a folding wheelchair, as Baba was not able to walk. I had no car at that time, so I hired two big cars with drivers. The Mandali traveled with Max Häfliger by train. We drove via the lake of Zurich, then the lake of Zugand and Lake Lucerne. Then over the Gotthard pass to Belinzona then. to Locarno (not Lugano) from there to a side valley to the village of Solduno. Hedi lived there at the time in a rented house with a lovely garden, the owner had a house in the same garden, we could rent that house too. I have quite some photos from that time.

 

Baba and Mehera went often to a well-known doctor at Locarno, because both needed treatment. We had kept one car with driver. That driver could carry Baba in and out of the car. Delia was also with us. Gisela Häfliger was so kind to come and help with the household, her three lovely little daughters had come too. I had my white rabbit with me. Max stayed in another rented house a little distance away, with the Mandali. Charmian was also with us. Baba had to practice every day to learn walking again, with the help of Sarosh and Donkin. I was in charge of things there. I got the name of "General". We went for some lovely drives to some lovely islands down the lake, already in Italy. When we made excursions, it was a bit difficult, as we were so many nationalities. The Italian Consulate only wanted to give one exit and one re-entry at the

 

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