Two young girls are taking steps towards a better, healthier future with the help of Levine Children’s Hospital and Atrium Health Services and One World Surgery.
Above: Dr. Jorge Carrasco – our Honduran medical director and a hard-working physician at One World Surgery, Jennifer Smith CHPH executive director, and Dr. Fernando Amadour – one of our most dedicated doctors from Tegucigalpa.
I was thrilled to see how beautifully both our girls are doing in their recovery from recent surgery! Both Carolina* and Alejandra* live at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos where they are able to attend school and receive physical therapy. They are well nourished and surrounded by countless friends and caring “Tias”.
Carolina had critical spinal surgery in N. Carolina in December. She was very fortunate to be sponsored by Levine Children’s Hospital and Atrium Health Services. Her surgery was performed by Dr. Scott Wait, an associate of Dr. Jody Stern who is one of the visiting physicians volunteering with One World Surgery. Alejandra had surgery for a severely malformed foot at One World Surgery in October. She after received very careful medical supervision through the NPH clinic, in order to qualify for her operation it was necessary for a recurring ulcer on her foot to be fully healed.
Alejandra recently got a new cast to help correct a tendency for her foot to revert to its pre-op position, but she’s mastered her wheelchair!
Carolina is quickly making her way back to walking competently with her brand-new custom braces and hand crutches!
We are so grateful to so many who have given our girls life-saving surgeries and we are thrilled to watch them grow and learn among their NPH family. Without intervention, these smart young girls would not have had an opportunity to attend school.
CHPH identifies special needs children and adults through our work with the village “voluntarios” who know the families in their villages the best. We work in a closed communication loop with the health promoters, rural nurses, and our volunteering doctors from Tegucigalpa to bring our patients for definitive care. Working together with our partners in Honduras we have been able to obtain surgeries, cancer treatment for children, and even mental health assessments.
Carolina* and Alejandra* visit with Jennifer while enjoying all the pictures from Carolina’s recent 5 week stay in North Carolina.