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Andrea: From Patient to Nurse

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.

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