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National Grateful Patient Day 

National Grateful Patient Day 

Submitted by: Adriana Farquharson, International Program Coordinator National Grateful Patient Day on September 7 provides an opportunity to show appreciation for the hard-working professionals in the medical industry and gratitude toward the families and caregivers of anyone receiving life-giving medical care. It also honors the plight of many patients who are grateful to […]

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Her life was hanging by a thread…

Her life was hanging by a thread…

Her life was hanging by a thread. Literally.Modesta, a 56-year-old widow and mother of 5, lives in an impoverished region of Nicaragua. She cannot read or write. Since her husband’s death 3 years ago, she has struggled to keep herself and her children fed. She tries to gather corn and […]

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Surgical Team Says “Goodbye” to 20 Years of Pain

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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The Surgery That Allowed Luz to Follow Her Dreams

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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National Doctor’s Day – Celebrating Esperança’s Surgeons

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

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

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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Kindness Brings Courage

Kindness Brings Courage

Submitted by: Eileen Kane, Esperança medical volunteer Sometimes the human elements of kindness, tenderness and caring make as big an impact as the success of a complicated surgery. It was in Santarem, Brazil, in the early nineties when a beautiful young lady appeared at the clinic in the hope of […]

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Peru Ophthalmology Mission – Day 2

Peru Ophthalmology Mission – Day 2

By Elizabeth Meyers, MPH MSW, Esperança volunteer translatorOur group, made of surgeons, doctors, nurses, Certified Scrub Techs, Certified Ophthalmic Techs, public health experts, and translators traveled with 25 suitcases full of medical equipment and medicine, for over 24 hours to meet the Esperança crew in Cusco for our first trip […]

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