The Story of Lucia & Why We Do What We Do
As 2016 comes to a close, I’d like to share a story about why I work with DOCARE all year long.
Lucia was a young girl when a team of DOCARE volunteers first met her in the highlands of Guatemala. On that trip, a DOCARE pediatrician discovered Lucia had a severe heart murmur that was causing her heart to fail. She wasn't in good shape, and she needed help immediately. DOCARE, our in-country partner Casa de Sion, and a volunteer cardiac surgeon worked to arrange for Lucia to get life-saving heart surgery. DOCARE's volunteers have returned to the same area several times since then, and have been blessed to see Lucia thrive. Her survival has become one many examples of our short-term global health outreach trips having a significant impact on a patient's life.
Many of you are familiar with DOCARE’s short term medical outreach activities, and perhaps have participated with us in the past. Although we’ve been able to help people like Lucia, and although Guatemala overall has made progress in improving the health of its people, the country’s health indicators remain among the lowest on the planet. This is why DOCARE has moved to establish continuity clinics in Tecpan and San Andres Iztapa. These clinics ensure access to care year-round – which means we can help more people like Lucia every day, with the help of local physicians and rotating medical students and residents, in addition to our short-term volunteers.
DOCARE International is dedicated to providing continuity of care to medically underserved communities around the world who need it most. We are so blessed to have passionate volunteers as the lifeblood of our organization.
We also rely on financial support from people like you to keep our programs going strong. So I invite you to help us make a difference in the lives of others through a contribution to DOCARE this season. Please click here to donate.
Kelli Glaser, DO, FACOFP