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We take our filled hearts and heads home from Oliveros

We take our filled hearts and heads home from Oliveros

By Laura Sumner Coon After a five-day clinic, most of the 47 people on this mission will return home changed by the experience. On Wednesday, some of us will go home, some will travel for sight-seeing in Antigua. In either case, we will not be the same. Here are some...
Hector and his family thank GMRP for their health

Hector and his family thank GMRP for their health

By Laura Sumner Coon All that signals that there may be someone living here is a tiny break in the underbrush growing along the rutted dirt road. Flory, GMRP continuing care coordinator, waves a visitor on, past a broken path of rocks and up a small hill to the front...
Young mother has a heart in need of repair

Young mother has a heart in need of repair

By Laura Sumner Coon One of the most smiley infants is looped around her mother’s arm. She kicks and coos, and smiles at everyone who passes by on this 97-degree day. It is obvious from the demeanor of little Daylin and her 5-year old brother, Hector, that their...
The annual visit

The annual visit

By Laura Sumner Coon Three years ago, on January 19, as the clinic was closing, Allison Hardin, a member of the medical team, traveled with a doctor to a hut 20 minutes away to help bring Blanca Natalie Rivas into the world. Every year since, it has been a tradition...
Nothing but root fragments

Nothing but root fragments

By Laura Sumner Coon An array of kitchen towels and scarves held to mouths can be spotted among the crowd of patients at the clinic. They come prepared, knowing they will have teeth extracted. Dentists at the clinic say that the condition of their teeth and gums are...

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