What is the result of Phoenix's perilous journey in "A Worn Path," and what does the journey reveal about her?

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After her long, laborious, perilous journey to town, Phoenix is able to get the "soothing medicine" her grandson needs for his throat.  As the nurse explains to the attendant at the desk, "his throat never heals" because he "swallowed lye" two or three years ago.  Old Phoenix, or "Grandma" as the nurse calls her, is a "charity case," so when she comes to town, she is given medicine if she needs it.

As Phoenix explains to both women, her grandson

"is not dead, he just the same.  Every little while his throat begin to close up...

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