Healthcare Opportunities through Service and Learning
Holy Family Surgical Brigade provides care to local Hondurans and inspiration to our children
February 1, 2012 - Honduras
“Someday I am going to be a doctor,” says Jessica. “After high school, I am going to study medicine,” smiles Carlos. “I want to be a surgeon so that I can help people,” imagines Eric.
Many pequeños of Rancho Santa Fe work hard in school toward their ultimate goals—whether they seek to become a teacher, specialize in electrical work, or even pursue a career in the medical field. For eight days this January, such motivated pequeños of Rancho Santa Fe had the incredible opportunity to participate in the most recent surgical brigade at Holy Family Surgery Center, led by surgery center founders Dr. Peter Daly and his wife Lulu Daly. During the surgical brigade, the team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and volunteers were able to provide over 350 orthopedic and urological consultations to local Hondurans, and perform 63 surgeries in just 8 days.
Angela helps translate in the out-patient room
Surgical brigades bring groups of experienced world-class doctors and nurses to meet the various surgical needs of members in our Honduran community. Their expertise, commitment to excellence, and desire to help others, demonstrate that medicine can positively change the lives of individuals. The life altering impact of the brigade can be seen in patients who emerge from surgery illuminated with the hope of a healthier life. Watching doctors who care about making a change and surgeons who correct years of pain is a learning experience that inspires our pequeños who seek to improve their country by helping its people through healthcare.
Dressed in scrubs, surgical caps, and an eagerness to learn, pequeños in their year of service, members of Youth in Action, and older kids interested in medical careers or English, were able to volunteer in many different facets of the brigade. The group was eager to help clean operating rooms, deliver supplies, translate, comfort patients after surgery, and even shadow doctors during surgical procedures! Experienced medical professionals serve as quality role models for our children, who witness in action the importance of developing and pursuing goals, attention to detail, caring for the whole patient, aiming to help the less fortunate, and the strength of teamwork.
The surgical brigade offered more than quality healthcare to impoverished Hondurans who would not otherwise be able to afford healthcare. It served more than NPH employees and children with important procedures that improve their qualities of life. The brigade crew, emboldened by their mission of service and medicine provided our pequeños with learning opportunities and exposure to modern health care that inspires and instructs a new generation of youth who have an interest in healthcare.
The collaboration of doctors, patients and our children demonstrates that through service, opportunity and education, we can empower the children of our homes so that they can support their own people, and be inspired to change their country.
Thank you to Dr. Peter Daly, Lulu Daly and their incredible surgical brigade team for serving as examples of service, inspiration and love!