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Volunteer Surgical Program Success Stories

Abner Went 15 Days Without His Epilepsy Medication – But No More!

At the age of 15 Abner was diagnosed with a weakened heart muscle and epilepsy. Doctors prescribed him 7 different medications to be taken daily to reduce his seizures and improve his quality of life.Unfortunately, in rural Nicaragua these medications are hard to come by and even harder to pay […]

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Surgical Team Says “Goodbye” to 20 Years of Pain

20 years ago, when Francisca was elated with joy after having her first and only child, she had no idea the suffering that would ensue. From that moment on, she experienced abnormal bleeding and lower abdominal pain. Eventually, Francesca was unable to perform any of her household duties for the […]

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International Translation Day

By Anna Ortiz, International Program DirectorOne of the most recently adopted United Nations resolutions, International Translation Day was established in 2017 to be celebrated every September 30th. This day pays tribute to bilingual professionals, generational interpreters, and anyone trying to bridge connections across language barriers.International Translation Day recognizes the work […]

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Margarito is Living Hernia-Free Thanks to Esperança’s Volunteer Surgical Mission

Margarito Díaz González doesn’t live the life most of us picture for a 66-year-old.A native of El Tuma, Nicaragua, Margarito received up to a third-grade education before starting his life as a farmer. Many years and 10 children later, Margarito now works in the field as a farmer’s helper, bringing […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Juan Ramirez

Juan Ramirez is a Biomedical Equipment Technician III with Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He has always had a passion for service, but was unsure how to best use his expertise in a volunteer fashion. That is, until he encountered Esperança! In 2017, Juan was invited to join Esperança on a trip […]

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Carlos is Starting on the Right Foot Post-Amputation

In July, a local restaurant owner called Esperança, sharing the story of an employee, Carlos, who recently had his left leg amputated following diabetes-related complications. Carlos has no insurance and the prosthetic would cost him $25,000 out of pocket. Looking to help her employee clearly in pain and struggling to […]

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Celebrating 52 years of service for Esperança’s Peruvian partner, CADEP

Submitted by Adriana Farquharson, International Program Coordinator Centro Andino de Educación y Promoción José María Arguedas (CADEP JMA) serves the Cusco and Apurímac regions of Peru, committed to strengthening and empowering indigenous Quechua populations. In every area of service to this vulnerable population CADEP exhibits equity, creativity, and justice. They […]

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An Act of Bravery, Kindness, and Charity: Becoming a Surgical Volunteer

So many of us can pick up the phone and make an appointment with our doctor when we have a cold or the flu. It’s heartbreaking to realize that half the population on our planet can’t afford medical care. In fact, more than three billion people worldwide live on less than $2.50 […]

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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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