Andrea was born in Loja, Ecuador with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Back
in 1985, the prospect of getting help seemed almost impossible. UNICEF
described Ecuador as “one of the most inequitable countries in the world,”
and the nation’s poor had little access to quality health care.
Jacqueline, Andrea’s mother, displayed enormous determination, and Andrea
became our first patient in Ecuador. She would not be the last.
ReSurge International has sent thousands of medical volunteers to provide
free surgeries and to offer advanced medical training for 25 years. Working
with and through Dr. Jorge Palacios, our Surgical Outreach Director based in Guayaquil, we have been able to significantly
improve medical access throughout Ecuador.
Andrea’s surgery repaired her cleft lip and palate, and she currently attends
nursing school. She hopes to aid those on a path of healing and renewal
similar to her own.