There is no greater joy for me than to go to Honduras and be a small part of giving the gift of surgery to people. These people have been to the public hospital and other places, and they come to One World with their last ounce of hope for help. After their surgery is finished, it is priceless to see the happiness and gratitude on their face. I’ve seen a woman, hours after total knee replacement, when she was walking for the first time, crying and singing with joy because she was so happy. Another woman, who had been through several devastating events in her life, was given the gift of sight after cataract surgery. This woman brought tears to the staff’s eyes as she explained what a blessing it was to be able to see again.
Everyone should experience the medical mission field once in their life. One World Surgery is a safe environment and far from the “roughing it” experience you might find on other medical mission trips. This is a trip for the whole family, from children to older adults. Apart from the surgery center, the orphanage on the ranch that serves as home to more than 250 children is a very rewarding place to spend time.
Once you go to Honduras, you will leave a piece of your heart and a desire to return. I’ve already scheduled another trip for 2018 and signed up for a third trip in October 2019. I have developed friendships for life between the Hondurans there and my new friends from the US. This trip has changed my outlook on life and what is really important to me. In the end, what really matters is the lives we touch along the way and the people we help.
The advice and opinions expressed in this column are those of the authors and do not represent official Ambulatory Surgery Center Association policy or opinion.