Martha sorts instruments that will be used for surgery.
The children from the Fayetteville Christian School made these special crafts for the children having surgery. Yesenia (left), 6 years old, and Lydia (right), 8 years old, both had tonsillectomies.
Ernesto (left) checks out the anesthesia machine while Dr. Beth Weynand (right) checks out the anesthesia supplies.
Piedades, pictured here with Dr. Gross, is a 59 year old mother of 10 children. About 4 years ago, a tumor started growing inside of her cheek. Surgery was not even a consideration because she did not have any money. She had a beautiful surgery without any damage to her face.
Michelle, a faculty member of Piedmont Virginia Community College, is pictured here with 4 of her graduating nursing students and Sonia (3rd from right). The students are (from left to right) Kristi, Lillian, Brenda and Joanne.
Elisabeth, who is 6 years old, is coloring in her room with Nancy after a successful tonsillectomy.
Ronny, 8 years old, was born with only one ear. His mom does not work, and his dad works as a laborer. Using cartilage from his rib and tissue from his thigh, doctors made an ear!
Sonia checks Johan’s blood pressure. Johan is 11 years old and had a successful tonsillectomy.
Ana, 33 years old, is a single mom with 4 children. She lives with a friend in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Santa Cruz. She earns about $7/day guarding parked cars. Ana came to the Mission of Hope clinic with very large and infected tonsils. Ana was very happy to have her tonsils out.
Nancy helps Cornelius, 3 years old, with coloring. Cornelius had a successful tonsillectomy.
Dr. Phil Chen (left) talks to Cristhian before his sinus surgery with Martha translating.
Adela, 55 years old, is married with two children. She has had problems for over two years with her tonsils. She found out about Mission of Hope from a neighbor and is thankful for her successful surgery.
Esther (left), 18 months old, and Maria (right), 2 years old, both had surgery to repair their cleft palates. Both girls required their arms to be wrapped to prevent them from sucking their thumbs and tearing their stitches.
While waiting for their surgeries, the men are enjoying their coloring books and crayons!
Terry (left) and Nancy (right) get ready for the next patient by changing the bed linens and cleaning the room.
Lillian prepares a bed for another patient.
Mirna, 18 years old, Dr. Beth Weynand (left) and Dr. Lyn Wells (right), pause for a photo on the way to the operating room. Mirna lives in one of poorest neighborhoods in Santa Cruz. She had a successful surgery to remove a nasal obstruction.
Michelle (left) with Cleofe, 20 years old, who was born with only one ear. She had the second part of her ear reconstruction surgery.
Santos, 37 years old, is pictured here with Brenda after surgery to repair his broken nose. He was unable to breathe through his nose before surgery.
Patients enjoy a time of singing together as Eduardo plays the guitar.
Raquel, 48 years old, gets her vital signs charted by Sonia. Raquel had an ear surgery to improve her hearing.
Patients having a time of praise and worship.
Arturo (left), 45 years old, had sinus surgery. He is pictured here with Martha after praying to receive Jesus.
Dr. Charlie Gross (center) discusses a patient with his wife, Cathy, and his son, Dr. Bill Gross (right).
Dr. Evan Moore (right) in surgery.
Dr. Charlie Gross (center) with Dr. Scott Stephan (left) in surgery.
The Bolivian staff of Mission of Hope prepare the meal trays for the patients and their families.
Dr. Scott Stephan (left) and Dr. Evan Moore (right) in surgery.
Carla, 4 years old, is one of 4 children. Her father abandoned her, and her mother earns about $4/day hand washing clothes for people. Carla had surgery to remove her adenoids, which has caused problems for several years!
Dr. Charlie Gross does a follow-up check on Jose Luis. Jose Luis had surgery last year in the U.S.
Elsa (left), 56 years old, is waiting for her ear surgery. Nurse Brenda comes in to introduce herself.
Carlos, 23 years old, is being checked by Dr. Evan Moore. Carlos had surgery to repair a large hole in his left eardrum.
Dr. Phil Chen talks to Constantino before his surgery with Martha translating. Constantino is 55 years old and traveled 12 hours by bus from Cochabamba. He had a tumor on the right side of his face that had been slowly growing for 20 years. He is a truck driver and was delivering vegetables to Santa Cruz. A man in the market saw his tumor and told him about Mission of Hope.
Juan, 50 years old, had his nose broken while playing soccer three years ago. Two years later he was assaulted and his nose was further disfigured and he was unable to breathe. He is a single dad with two young children. He was unable to get a job because of the way his nose looked. He was no longer able to support his two kids and they were taken away from him. Someone on the street saw him and told him about Mission of Hope. The reason he wanted his surgery was not to be able to breathe better, but to get his kids back. After his surgery, when he saw how straight his nose looked, he said everything he went through was worth it.