By Shermakaye Bass, Fara Foundation editor, Nothern Nicaragua
The Reeder family are among our oldest and most devoted friends. Each year, sometimes twice or thrice a year, this gifted medical team from Dallas, Texas, flies to Nicaragua on its own dime and brings its own supplies so that it can treat hundreds of patients; some of those patients are longtime and well on their way to healing; some are new and just beginning the journey toward a better, more mobile, less painful life. All flock to Clinica Fara in Matagalpa during one of our week-long missions.
Participating in the most recent mission were also Dr. Eduardo Aguiar and his wife Rita, from Spaço Vascular in São Paulo, Brazil, and of course, our tireless clinic staff, which includes Dr. Freddy Espinoza and Dr. Ruth Rocha Zeledon.
From February 2-7, 2015, the 11-member visiting team attended 154 patients, 104 of them new, 50 of them follow-ups. One of our newcomers ventured all the way from Honduras, the bordering country to the north of Nicaragua. Somehow, Bertha Isabel Jiron had gotten word of the regular treatment offered at our clinic in Matagalpa and she traveled a great distance in great pain in hopes of saving her severely ulcerated leg. All the while, she feared that once she’d arrived at the clinic, she would be turned down because she wasn’t Nicaraguan. Her worries were unfounded.
We make it our goal to try to treat everyone who needs help and has little or no resources to otherwise receive care. Clearly, Bertha Isabel had no options in her home country, and her incredible determination paid off. We will follow her progress until she is fully recovered. Staffers say Bertha’s was one of the worse cases they have seen so far during their missions.
Another of our patients, Victoria Lopez, arrived at our clinic dehydrated and slightly disoriented. The medical team stabilized her — giving her food and water — then treated her for veinous disorder, then took her home after their long day’s work. Once there, we found her elderly mother inside the home, on her knees praying for an angel to bring her daughter home safe and healthy.
Experiences such as these keep us grateful for the work that we’re able to do at Fara Foundation. We consider it a blessing to be able to help our fellow residents on Planet Earth.