Dr. Nicholas Retson is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon from Indiana who gives freely of his time and talents to those in need. He started volunteering with Esperança in 2009 but has been traveling on surgical missions since 1990 and this week marks his 40th medical mission trip! He and
Thanks for nothing. I’m serious. “Nothing” is a beautiful gift.
When you’re desperately ill, and you have to go in for surgery, you urgently want to feel nothing … until it’s all over.
Anesthesia is the gift of “nothing” … and this past year this gift has been given to 82 people this year in Nicaragua.
Each year, Esperança is able to send a 40-foot container packed full of donated medical supplies to the developing world. These donations are used by local health professionals, as well as by our own volunteer surgical teams to change the lives of poor through operations and medical services. All of
The San Rafael Clinic is where we got our start with the surgical missions in Jinotega, Nicaragua and on day five of the Mission of Hope we went to where it all started! With a tour from the director we were able to see the interworking’s of the clinic with
The first day started with some tired eyes but, overall with a sense of excitement! The day started with a walk to the local clinic and home of Esperanca’s surgical program operations. Upon arrival we encountered wall to wall people that came from miles around looking for a chance of
For Jaime Gutierrez, it’s quitting time. He says goodnight to his co-workers and heads home just like he’s done a thousand times before. But unlike all those past trips down familiar roads; this night will be
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Maria and Jose have never been to the United States. In fact, they’ve never dreamed of traveling more than 50 miles from their small village outside Jinotega, Nicaragua. But this past September, they watched as their only daughter boarded an airplane
Clarita is the youngest of six children. Her mother and father cut down trees and prep the land for a local landowner near their Bolivian home. They are away from home for many hours every day to provide enough money to not only feed and house their children but to