Mission of Hope Hospital. Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Patients wait to be admitted for surgery.
Drs. Alex Doyal (left) and Carl Lynch (right) wait for the next patient to explain the anesthesia.
Dr. Alex Doyal monitors the patient during surgery.
Nurse Jen Baxter (squatting) helps Juana (left) pass the time as she waits to go into surgery.
Nurse Nancy Fisher assists Dr. John Cooper in surgery.
Nurse Alie Cooper and Lonnie Hauer wait for the patient to come into the recovery room.
Dionicia is 69 years old and still enjoys coloring!
Rosario enjoys coloring after surgery to remove her gallstones.
Maria, 11 yrs. old, enjoys coloring after her hernia operation.
Charge nurse Linda Barrick kept the nurse’s station running smoothly.
Every morning the patients come together for a time of worship, teaching, and prayer.
Many special friendships are made during this week of surgery. Maria and Roselin shared a room together.
Lizandro, 15 years old, went into the operating room smiling and came out of the operating room smiling! He loves soccer but was unable to play because of a large hernia. He is now looking forward to getting back in the game! Lizandro has big dreams. He wants to become a petroleum engineer!
Reina, 29 years old, lives with her husband and 4 young children, including one child who is handicapped and unable to walk. Her husband earns about $12/day working in construction. Reina has been in serious pain for 9 years. She is now pain free after doctors removed a gallstone the size of a large acorn!
Gregorio, 65 years old, lives with his wife quite a long distance from Santa Cruz. He rode the bus for 12 hours each way to get to his screening appointments at the clinic. Being a man of faith, he continued to make the long trip and was finally selected for surgery to repair the hernia he had for 20 years!
Marlene is a 36 year old woman who lives with her husband, 4 teenage children, and her elderly parents about 12 hours from Santa Cruz. They live in a small farming community of about 30 families, where they grow rice, corn, yucca, and plantains. During the 3-4 months of the rainy season, the roads are often impassable, and the community has to go without basic necessities. Read her entire story here.