As the last patient is wheeled to recovery, boxes are being packed and stacked, I look around the room and realize how much we haven’t  captured with words and pictures that I wish we could share about this life changing week…

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“El Salvador is my favorite… the staff is so gracious, and the people are so happy despite the poverty and lack of resources” – Keller Matthews, Anesthesia

“I am afraid. I have had 5 surgeries. I hope this one will be my last” ~ Miriam, age 27

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“I love to come on these trips because I can help make people whole” ~ Liz, Post Op

“I am speechless!” ~Victor’s mom

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“This trip affirms that I love what I do” ~ Laura Guerrero, Triage

“These kids face lifelong surgeries and come back to us year after year…” ~Alisa, Speech Pathologist

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“The minimum wage here in El Salvador  is $243 per month” ~ Lya’s father

“I was blown away by the line of patients waiting” ~ Michael Lin Anesthesia

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“The only way I can repay you is with my words…” ~ Nelly, Xiamora’s mother

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“We often forget how blessed we all are…my heart melted when I saw these little ones today.” ~Rosie Sawyer, RN

“I want to thank the surgeons and the nurses with all my heart for their work…It means so much to me.” ~ Ishmael’s mom

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