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Volunteer Surgical Program Success Stories

The Search for a Surgeon is Over

Two years ago, Lorena’s life changed forever. She was at her home in Guayaquil, Ecuador, playing with her four-year-old son, David, when their house caught fire.  Luckily, Lorena and David were able to escape with their lives…but not before they both suffered third- and forth-degree burns. Their tragedy didn’t end […]

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All Aboard the Esperança

Submitted by Rosemary, a long-time Esperança supporter“It all started 45 years ago. I was working for Philips Medical Systems in Connecticut, a manufacturer of medical x-ray systems; including a dental x-ray unit called the Orolit.”Little did Rosemary know, Father Luke Tupper had that exact Orolit model on board the Esperança […]

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Grimanesa’s Support System

Grimanesa and her son arrived at the regional hospital of Abancay on Thursday, four days into Dr. Feuerstein’s mission…and long after the week had been scheduled and the team was no longer accepting new patients. Esperança staff attempted to explain the situation, but Grimanesa’s son was adamant that she at […]

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Giving Sulay a Leg Up in Ecuador

How you helped release Sulay from 22 years of disability Sulay Camaton was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador with a club foot, a condition where an infant’s foot is formed inward, sometimes so severely that the sole of the foot faces sideways or even upward. Tragically, her parents couldn’t afford the […]

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A Weight Has Been Lifted

The political situation in Nicaragua has made it difficult, if not impossible, to send Esperança’s volunteer surgeons as we have in the past. That being said, the need has not diminished. Countless lives still depend on the surgical intervention we offer for procedures they would never have access to on […]

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“I Can Finally Have a Son”

Abancay, Peru, also known as “the Valley of Eternal Spring,” is home to 37 year-old Salomé Hurtado, her husband, and their two children.  In this fertile valley, Salomé works as an at-home gardener, selling her fruits and vegetables at the market on the weekends. Her husband is a laborer in […]

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A Step in the Right Direction

Little Jonah is two years-old, the youngest of five brothers. His mother, Valentina, is a housewife, farmer, and native Quechua speaker in their home community of Ayasana, Peru. At birth, Jonah was diagnosed with bilateral equine foot, a condition that left both of his feet twisted, mangled, and unusable. At […]

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Letters From Luke – Arlene’s Miracle

By: Father Luke Tupper, aboard the hospital ship Esperança, 1974 Newsletter In 1974, 10 year-old Arlene was on her first trip to the city with her family. The small boat was slowly plying its way toward Santarem, having left Vila Curuai several hours before. Most of the passengers were quietly […]

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International Program Updates

By Anna Ortiz, MPH, International Program Director
In the past year, Esperança’s surgical program has undergone tremendous change. The rise of the political crisis in Nicaragua last April challenged the sustainability of our longest standing surgical program at that time. It forced us to take a step back and acknowledge

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