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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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A walk to the clinic

By Laura Sumner Coon A silent, short young man follows a nurse to the medical line Saturday afternoon. Already, there are more than 90 people in front of him,waiting to be seen. The...

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Sunday is the day for doctors

By Laura Sumner Coon As long as there has been a clinic, there have been people turned away at the end of the day. There is a limit to how many teeth a dentist can pull, patients a doctor can treat and glasses the group can dispense. It’s human nature to want a place...

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A heartbreak

By Laura Sumner Coon Jeanmarie Sharp occasionally travels to this mission and to Haiti each year. She has seen many disappointing cases, but this one breaks her heart. She follows her patient out of the examining room and points him to the pharmacy. Then, she turns to...

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The tiny crowd stopper

By Laura Sumner Coon It’s late in the afternoon, and Jeannine Desuatels walks over to the medical area of the clinic with the tiniest of babies in her hands. Bebe Sanchez is a month old and still without a name. Her head is covered in scales, one of the worst cases of...

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First day

By Laura Sumner Coon Clinic opens A small line of people stand in front of the school doors. The sight seems unusual, since in past years many more people crowded the entrance on the first day of the clinic. But today, the patients were notified that the first people...

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The whole team arrives

By Laura Sumner Coon (mouse over images to view caption) Around 5 p.m. on Thursday, the Ranch erupted in cheers as the colorful “chicken...

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La Communidad – The community

By Laura Sumner Coon As more people learn about the advanced team’s arrival in Oliveros, helpers pour into the schoolyard. This day, Dona Claudia, a leader in...

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