Stories: Real stories of our work in Honduras
Idalia, a young woman from Atima, makes friends with our team over the years and as a young teenager, begins to work in our clinic learning to perform blood pressure checks and vision screens. Idalia has returned to school to pursue a health career with financial assistance from the team.
Senora Diaz, a 70 year old woman has her sight restored by cataract surgery performed by our ophthalmologist. She is amazed by the world that she never thought she would see again. Dozens of these surgeries have now been performed in a tiny classroom in the remote village of Atima.
Lillian, a 22 year old woman delivers a healthy baby at our clinic under the watchful eyes of our obstetrician and nursing staff. In gratitude, she names her baby Richard after a member of our team. In addition, dozens of women receive prenatal care complete with fetal sonograms thanks to a sonogram machine contributed to the local clinic by our obstetrician.
Luiz, a local worker injured by a machete has his damaged hand repaired by tendon surgery performed under a microscope by our emergency medicine physicians. What is the value of a functioning hand to a man whose livelihood depends on manual labor?
Regina, an 8 year old girl with headaches for months is diagnosed as having a brain tumor by one of our pediatricians. The team makes the financial arrangements for her transportation and medical treatment so that she can receive proper medical care by a neurosurgeon at a Honduran university medical center that is hours away from her village.
The Vegas family has three children under age 5 years who suffer from recurrent diarrhea. They are provided with a water purification system that will allow them to drink clean safe water for the upcoming year. Two water purification packets will allow them to kill all of the germs and parasites in five gallons of drinking water. Ten dollars will provide them with enough purification packets to last a full year!!.
Miguel Ortiz is provided with a new pair of shoes. Miguel is a 25 year old young man who works at a coffee plantation and must walk five miles to work each day. His old shoes are worn out and barely protect his feet. Miguel’s smile when he tries on his new shoes speaks louder than words.