One of the patients who came was a young lady, 13 years old, named Maria Gisela. Maria is one of 4 children. Her mother is a single parent and earns about $12 per week by washing clothes when she has work. The team of doctors from Tulsa examined Maria and found that she had an abnormality of her heart. The team paid for Maria to have an echocardiogram, which revealed a hole in her heart between the ventricles. If left untreated, this condition can result in heart failure and death. After hearing the results of the echocardiogram, Maria and her mother were in a state of shock and did not know what to think. A few days later, they came back to the mission to ask if we could help Maria to get the surgery she needs. In Bolivia, a specialized heart surgery like the one Maria needs costs between $5,000 and $10,000. We prayed with Maria and her mother, asking God to calm their fears and provide the funds for this surgery. Thanks to our faithful donors, Maria had an excellent heart surgery and recovery.
Dr. Ashish Mathur with a patient.
Dr. Mike Morse, Dr. Gerardo Mejia and Dr. Kelsey Smith.
Dr. Ashish Mathur taking a medical history of a young patient.
Dr. Evelyn Acheson and translator, Heidi Swan, taking vital signs in the hospital waiting room.
Sarahi, a patient at the Mission of Hope clinic.
The local church being used as a medical clinic for the outreach.
The village kids at the outreach.
Children receiving a treatment for worms and parasites.
Heidi giving out pictures to color.
David Wiegman with a patient.