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Volunteer Surgical Program Success Stories

The Surgery That Allowed Luz to Follow Her Dreams

Luz Marina Vargas, 25, lives in Abancay, a Peruvian city deep in the Eternal Springtime Valley. Luz shares a humble home and happy life with her newlywed husband, Alberto.She finds joy in baking all types of desserts, snacks, and cakes to give to her friends and neighbors. Luz is known […]

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Esperança Delivers PPE to Partner Hospital in Ecuador

In 2019, after a thorough evaluation and site visit, Esperança began sending volunteer surgical missions to Hospital León Becerra in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Three teams have completed missions at the new site, seeing well over 100 patients each week thanks to the help of a local patient pre-screening team. Understandably, due […]

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Hernia Surgery Gives Alberto a New Lease on Life in Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, there is no retirement for the general population. Family members, regardless or age or gender, contribute to the daily housework, which generally consists of fetching water, tending crops, and caring for a few animals. Alberto Gonzalez is 69 years old, a widowed father of six, still doing what […]

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Pregnancy Pains Turn Life-Threatening in Nicaragua

Yadira Jamileth Benavides Hernandez is 29 years old and from Manceras Rancho Grande, Nicaragua. She has two children, the youngest of whom just turned two months old. Yadira is a fulltime homemaker, and these days is dedicated to taking care of her new baby.For the past year, and all throughout […]

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Esperança is Bringing Pediatric Services to Rural Communities

Marcos Yadier Rocha Palacio is two months old and is the newest child of his family, who lives in La Rinconada de la Concordia, Nicaragua. In March, his mother brought him to Esperança’s monthly primary care brigade, implemented by local partner, AVODEC, for his first consultation with a pediatrician.Marcos’s mother […]

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A Birthday to Remember

Daniel Ramirez just celebrated his 13th birthday. Unfortunately, his day wasn’t spent running around with his friends and family in Nogales, Mexico.Daniel was born with cerebral palsy, an abnormal brain development that affects a person’s ability to control their muscles. For most of his life, Daniel has been carried place […]

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National Doctor’s Day – Celebrating Esperança’s Surgeons

Dr. Elmer Hess, a former president of the American Medical Association, once wrote: “There is no greater reward in our profession than the knowledge that God has entrusted us with the physical care of His people. The Almighty has reserved for Himself the power to create life, but He has […]

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San Diego Club Raises $18,000 for Medical Mission

*re-posted from the ACBL February Bulletin* By Maritha Pottenger, ACBL The San Diego bridge community has been extremely generous over the last eight years in supporting the medical missions of Ray Sachs, an orthopedic surgeon. In 2019, we raised a record amount, over $18,000, bringing the eight-year total to between […]

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Esperança Returns to Nicaragua After Two Years

It has been close to two years since Esperança’s last boots on the ground surgical mission in Nicaragua.  Due to an unstable sociopolitical climate, we stopped sending United States volunteer-led teams. Fortunately, some good did come from these events. Esperança’s local partner, AVODEC, determined that a huge health gap was […]

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