After we treat a patient and our work is done, we watch them walk away back into their lives. As we watch, we hold a silent wish in our hearts that with the care we provided they will have an opportunity to improve their lives despite the difficulties they might still face.
That’s why it’s a joy for all of us at ReSurge to hear from a former patient, especially after 15 years. A few months ago we wrote a blog post about one of our former patients, Delmira, who we were working to get in touch with.
Delmira was only eight when she was badly burned by the explosion of a kerosene lantern. She had been doing her homework by its light in the wooden hut where her family lived. She had undergone 14 surgeries in Ecuador, including four by ReSurge, before Soozee (a ReSurge volunteer), with ReSurge's help, brought Delmira to the U.S. for care.
Soozee recently visited Delmira in Ecuador (pictured below with her new baby girl) who is now married and has two children. Delmira sent us the following note back:
My childhood was very sad after the accident. I felt rejected by my classmates. With time, things changed. With God’s help ReSurge arrived in Portoviejo with Dr. Jorge Palacios. It was there I met Soozee who immediately gave me strength and love. She gave me advice like a mother would and helped me undergo all the medical evaluations needed so that I could receive surgery in the various parts of my body affected by the accident. Thanks to God and the hands of the doctors my life continued to change. Two years later, ReSurge took me to California so that I could get a prosthetic eye. Thanks to God, the amazing doctors and ReSurge, the surgery was successful. Today, I am accepted by society, I got engaged and I have two beautiful daughters.
I’m very thankful to ReSuge and Soozee for caring for me. Please say hello to all of ReSurge’s medical volunteers and staff. I hope they continue to provide surgeries to those in need so they can live with a happy smile.