Global Brigades is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams.

Patient Referral Program

Global Brigades has made a commitment to support Medical Brigade patients that require immediate emergency care, by transporting the patient to the nearest hospital and funding their initial hospital visit. However, there are many patients that need future procedures, follow-up visits, supplies and medication.

Support the Patient Referral Program by donating to the general fund or supporting an individual patient.

Open Cases - Patient Stories

Irene Marcela Godoy | Honduras
Hearing loss
Irene is 21 years old and has suffered from hearing loss since birth. She has outgrown her hearing aids and is in need of a new pair. Please consider helping support her case!
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Irene Marcela Godoy | Honduras

Hearing loss
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AGE: 21
COMMUNITY: Ojo de Agua, Yuscaran
DIAGNOSTIC: Hearing loss

Irene is 21 yrs, she has a twin sister, went to high school and already graduated. She was born with a defect in both of her ears, giving her  a hearing loss problem. Irene has had hearing aids in the past but has since grown out of them. Communication is very difficult for Irene without the help of her hearing aids.

Irene went with her mother to a medical brigade in Ojo de Agua, with hopes of finding the hearing aid devices she needs, but unfortunately we do not carry these devices on brigades.  

Next Steps

We are hoping to help Irene through the referral program, and start raising funds in order to buy the hearing aids she needs.

Call to Action

Please help support our efforts to raise the funds to help Irene get a new pair of hearing aids.

Alexandra Abigail Jimenez Pavón | Honduras
Mandibular Condylar Hyperplasia
Alexandra is 9 years old and is in need of another surgery due to her mandibular condylar hyperplasia. Please consider supporting her case!
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Alexandra Abigail Jimenez Pavón | Honduras

Mandibular Condylar Hyperplasia
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AGE: 9 years
COMMUNITY: Zarzal, El Paraíso
DIAGNOSTIC: Mandibular Condylar Hyperplasia

During one of our Medical Brigades that took place in El Zarzal, El Paraíso, we met this cute girl named Alexandra. She went with her family to the brigade looking for medications for different symptoms they were experiencing at the moment. When the doctor was checking Alexandra, they could instantly tell she has a deformity on her face. After asking a little bit more about the situation, we found out that she has already had different surgeries. She was born with mandibular condylar hyperplasia, which is an overdevelopment of the condylar head and neck as well as the mandible, creating jaw and facial deformities.

Next Steps

Alexandra needs another corrective surgery. Luckily for this little girl Operation Smile is already helping her and is going to take care of the surgery she needs, but her family has trouble attending the medical appointments because they have no money for transportation. Therefore we want to help Alexandra and her family make this surgery possible by raising funds in order to pay for their transportation in order to make it to the appointments in Tegucigalpa. They spend approximately $50 on each visit.

Call to Action

Please support us in our effort to raise funds for Alexandra in order to make her next surgery possible!

Maudi Julissa Palada Amaya | Honduras
Congenital eye problem
Maudi is a 20 year old woman form Potrerillos. She is in need of a new prosthesis for her eye. Please consider donating to her case!
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Maudi Julissa Palada Amaya | Honduras

Congenital eye problem
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AGE: 20
COMMUNITY: Potrerillos, Teupasenti
DIAGNOSTIC: Congenital eye problem

When Maudi was born her right eye didn’t form correctly. As the years have passed the doctors had to perform a surgery on her eye but she would never recover her vision and now needs an ocular prosthesis. She has been using a prosthesis since she was 7 years old and needs to change them periodically.

She has been receiving help from a church and other people interested in her case, but in the last three years she has not been able to change the prosthesis. This is causing her to get repeated eye infections. 

Next Steps

We want to help Maudi buy a new ocular prosthesis through the patient referral program.

Call to Action

Please help contribute to Maudi’s case to get her a new prosthesis.

Danna Hayme Salgado Hernández | Honduras
Strabismus
Danna is a 5 year old in Granadilla in need of a visit to a pediatrician for her eye condition.
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Danna Hayme Salgado Hernández | Honduras

Strabismus
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AGE: 5 years
COMMUNITY: Granadilla, Moroceli
DIAGNOSTIC: Danna was found during a Community Health Worker visit while the volunteers were teaching the kids how to recycle. The couldn´t help but notice that this little girl was sitting aside just watching the kids play. When the voluneers tried to get her involved with the other children, they noticed that Danna has a visual problem.

Danna’s visual problem is called strabismus, which needs to be checked by an ophthalmologist. As the same time, Danna walks with a little bit of difficulty and has a weak muscular tone on her right arm.

Call to Action

We are raising funds in order to get her checked by a pediatrician and define a proper treatment. Please consider donating today to help us get Danna to a pediatrician.

Update

Thank you to Wayne State University for donating $115 to Danna’s Patient Referral case!

Bayron Antonio Talavera | Nicaragua
Severe bilateral cavus foot
Bayron has a severe bilateral cavus foot, and as a result, he suffers from daily chronic foot pain. We are fundraising in order to provide surgery for Bayron.
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Bayron Antonio Talavera | Nicaragua

Severe bilateral cavus foot
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AGE: 32
COMMUNITY: El Espinal, Esteli, Nicaragua
DIAGNOSTIC: Severe bilateral cavus foot (deformity of the foot)

Bayron was seen during a medical brigade in San Jose de Pire with Marquette University, but he lives in a community called El Espinal which is approximately 45 min away from the city of Esteli. We visited his family in February to determine a plan of action. He has suffered from this condition since he was 5 years old. While he is still able to walk and ride a bike, the pain of everyday activity continues to worsen with age. He has entered into the Patient Referral program with hopes that we can improve his quality of life.

Next Steps

We are raising funds so that Bayron can undergo corrective surgery.

Call to Action

Help us initiate this fundraising so Bayron can receive his surgery!

German Lisandro Corrales Sánchez | Honduras
Eye Injury, Hemorrhoids
German is 6 years old and was found on a Public Health Brigade. He has an eye injury and hemorrhoids and is in need of a visit to the specialists to receive additional medical care. Please consider donating to his case!
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German Lisandro Corrales Sánchez | Honduras

Eye Injury, Hemorrhoids
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AGE: 6 years
COMMUNITY: Coyol de Linaca
DIAGNOSTIC: Eye Injury, Hemorrhoids

German was found by Global Brigades staff while working at his home during one of the Public Health Brigades.

German has been visiting several doctors because of his intestinal problems, since very small he´s been dealing with irritable bowel syndrome with severe constipation. As a product of this he has developed chronic hemorrhoids. He is receiving proper treatment, but he might need a surgery if these medications don´t work effectively. Additionally, several years ago, German fell down and developed an eye injury. He currently has low visibility from his right eye.

Next Steps

He needs a follow-up for his gastrointestinal problem and a check up by an ophthalmologist for both of his medical conditions.

Call to Action

We are fundraising $100 for German in order to take him to visit physicians for his medical conditions. Please consider donating to his case.

Dulce Noelia Corrales López | Honduras
Apert Syndrome, Syndactyly
Dulce is 11 years old from a partner community in the southern area of Honduras. She has fused fingers and toes as a result of her medical condition. We hope to determine if surgery is an option for her.
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Dulce Noelia Corrales López | Honduras

Apert Syndrome, Syndactyly
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AGE: 11
COMMUNITY: Coyol de Linaca, Choluteca
DIAGNOSTIC: Apert Syndrome, Syndactyly  

Dulce lives in a community in the south of the country, with her parents and siblings. She was born with a condition known as Apert Syndrome. As a result of this condition Dulce has fused fingers and toes.

Next Steps

We are raising funds to take Dulce to a pediatric surgeon and get x-rays to receive a recommendation whether a surgery is possible for her.

Call to Action

We are raising $120 for Dulce’s case. Join us as we reach toward this goal.

Luis Enrique Luque Banegas | Honduras
Cryptorchidism / Testicular Agenesis
Luis Enrique is 2 years old and has been diagnosed with cryptorchidism. He needs further evaluation and treatment to correct this condition.
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Luis Enrique Luque Banegas | Honduras

Cryptorchidism / Testicular Agenesis
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AGE: 2 years
COMMUNITY: Jacaleapa, El Paraíso
DIAGNOSTIC: Cryptorchidism / Testicular Agenesis

Luis Enrique went with his family to a medical brigade in a community called Las Crucitas. This brigade took place in Dec. 2016, and through the referral program, we’ve been monitoring this case ever since. He was diagnosed with cryptorchidism (undescended testicle) and referred to a public hospital for further evaluation. His dad works as a mason and does not have consistent work. Sometimes, he is hired for only 3-4 months at a time after which he must look for other agricultural positions to provide food for his family. Due to their low monthly income, the family cannot cover the medical costs associated with treating Luis’s condition.

Next Steps

We are raising funds to take him to the radiologist, get an ultrasound, and, afterwards, to visit a pediatric surgeon. The donated funds will go towards the tests as well as the transportation to and from the hospital.

Call to Action

We are looking to raise $150 to help cover the above listed costs.

Fernando Enrique Galindo | Honduras
Hip Dislocation
Fernando has a hip dislocation and one leg is longer than the other, but he hasn't visited a specialist, so we are unsure if it is congenital. We are fundraising to take Fernando to visit a specialist.
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Fernando Enrique Galindo | Honduras

Hip Dislocation
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AGE: 7
COMMUNITY: Pajarillos, Cantarranas
DIAGNOSTIC: Hip Dislocation

Fernando was recently found during a medical brigade in Tomatin, but he lives in a community called Pajarillos which is approximately 30 min away from Tomatin. We visited this family in their house, and his mother and little sister were there. The kids weren´t wearing any shoes, and the family lives in a small humble home. The reason why Fernando was referred to our program is because one of his legs is longer than the other one, he hasn´t visited any specialist for this condition, which could be a congenital hip dislocation.

Next Steps

We are raising funds in order to take him to the doctor, get x-rays, and define a plan of action.

Call to Action

Help us initiate this fundraising so Fernando can visit a specialist!

Segundo Altamirano | Nicaragua
Stroke induced paralysis of left side of body
Since Segundo suffered a stroke, the left side of his body has been paralyzed. Please help Segundo receive physical therapy and a mechanical patient lift to help his family transport him out of bed.
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Segundo Altamirano | Nicaragua

Stroke induced paralysis of left side of body
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AGE: 93
COMMUNITY: La Corneta, Matagalpa, Nicaragua
DIAGNOSTIC: Patient is diabetic and suffered a stroke in February 2012. The stroke caused paralysis of the left side of his body and he has been bed ridden since February 2012.

Next Steps

Segundo still has spastic reflexes on the sole of the left foot, patella, and biceps on the left side of the body. Therefore, his condition would improve with physical therapy. Currently, three family members have to help lift him when they bathe or transport Segundo out of bed. A mechanical patient lift would significantly help his family when transporting Segundo out of bed.

Call to Action

Please consider donating to help us reach our goal of $1000 to provide physical rehabilitation and a mechanical patient lift to help the family transport Segundo.

Closed Cases - Patient Stories

Josué Alexander Galo Rodríguez | Honduras
Eye Condition
Josue is 3 years old and has a eye injury as a result of falling down while playing outside earlier this year. We are hoping to take him to visit an opthamologist to determine what treatment he needs.
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Josué Alexander Galo Rodríguez | Honduras

Eye Condition
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AGE: 3
COMMUNITY: San Antonio de Oriente
DIAGNOSTIC: Eye Injury

Josue Alexander went with his mom to a Medical Brigade in January of 2018. He went to the brigade looking for vitamins and acetaminophen, but then the doctors saw that he had an eye patch and asked what happened to his eye. On January 10th, 2018, Josue was playing outside his home and fell down. Unfortunately when he fell, he hit his face to the ground, and there was a stick, which caused an eye trauma.

Next Steps

He needs an ophthalmologist to check his eye as soon as possible and decide whether he needs an eye surgery or a prosthetic eye. For now, our fundraising is going to be used to take him to the ophthalmologist and have a proper diagnosis and treatment be done. We will need to fundraise more for Josue once we know exactly what his next steps are.

Call to Action

Please consider donating to his case, as it is really important that he sees a specialist as soon as possible to determine next steps in his treatment.

Mario Francisco Arguijo Pineda | Honduras
Cerebral Palsy
Mario was born with Cerebral Palsy, and as a result, he is underweight and has extra nutritional needs. We are fundraising in order to provide Pediasure for Mario.
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Mario Francisco Arguijo Pineda | Honduras

Cerebral Palsy
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AGE: 9
COMMUNITY: Tomatin, Cantarranas
DIAGNOSTIC: Cerebral Palsy

We met this handsome little boy at the community of Tomatin during a Medical Brigade. He was born with a medical condition called cerebral palsy, which affects primarily body movement and muscle coordination. His mother is very supportive and takes him to doctor´s follow up and rehab sessions. Because of her support and care, Mario is very sociable, active, energetic, and communicates very well. During the Medical Brigade doctors could tell that he has a low weight and needs nutritional support.

Next Steps

We are raising funds to buy Pediasure that will help Mario gain weight and be healthier.

Call to Action

Please consider donating to Mario’s case, so we can help Mario reach his weight and health goals.

Carlos Daniel Hernández | Honduras
Down Syndrome/Flaccid Paralysis
Carlos Daniel was born with Down Syndrome and paraylsis and is in need of a wheelchair to help him be mobile in his home and community.
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Carlos Daniel Hernández | Honduras

Down Syndrome/Flaccid Paralysis
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AGE: 14
COMMUNITY: Los Higueros, El Paraíso
DIAGNOSTIC: Down Syndrome/Flaccid Paralysis

We found out about Carlos Daniel´s case because of a medical brigade that took place in Los Higueros. His mother went to the brigade requesting medication for his son. When she explained that she couldn´t take him to the brigade because he can´t walk, the doctors and staff decided to go visit him and refer him to GB Patient Referral Program.

Carlos Daniel was born with Down Syndrome and paralysis from his left arm and both legs. He can´t walk, eat or bathe by himself. His mom has to help him permanently, and the main reason why his mother couldn´t take him to the brigade is because they don´t have a wheelchair to help move him around. Let’s help Carlos Daniel have a wheelchair of his own!

Next Steps

We are hoping to deliver a wheelchair to Carlos Daniel soon!

Call to Action

If you or your brigade is able to bring any wheelchairs to help Carlos Daniel or any of the other patients in our Patient Referral Program please let us know by contacting us at patient.referrals@globalbrigades.org!

Nelson Leonel Matute | Honduras
Cataracts, cleft palate, severe contractures in both legs
Nelson was accepted into the Patient Referral Program in 2014 with diagnoses of cataracts, cleft palate, and severe contractures in both legs. With continued support, we can continue to improve Nelson's quality of life.
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Nelson Leonel Matute | Honduras

Cataracts, cleft palate, severe contractures in both legs
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AGE:21
COMMUNITY: El Cantón
DIAGNOSTIC: Cataracts, cleft palate, severe contractures in both legs

In August of 2014, the patient referral team went for a consultation with Nelson Leonel Matute in the community of El Cantón. Nelson entered the Patient Referral Program at 18 years old and was first seen by the University of Pittsburg during a medical brigade in El Cantón, where he was recommended to the patient referral program.

Nelson suffers from cataracts, a cleft palate, as well as severe contractures in both legs. He had three surgeries to correct his cleft palate, but he still needs an additional surgery to help his speech impediment. Due to the severity of the contractures, Nelson is unable stand up straight, and he must use his hands to walk. Although Nelson has adapted and become very agile using all four limbs, he faces significant obstacles in his everyday life.

After his initial assessment, Dr. Bruce, the previous head of the patient referral program, believed that the contractures in Nelson’s legs were due to a folic acid deficiency in his mother during pregnancy. Folic acid deficiency during pregnancy commonly leads to birth defects with the most frequent being spina bifida and other growth problems.

Next Steps

Nelson had an initial consultation with an ophthalmologist who confirmed he has congenital cataracts in both eyes and needs a surgery to remove the cataracts and implant new lenses.

Nelson also meet with a pediatric orthopedic surgeon to determine what could be done to correct the contractures in his legs. The doctor said that his right leg could be straightened by resetting his bones and installing metal rods in his leg and foot. His left leg is unable to be corrected, but the doctor suggested using a prosthetic, which will allow his right leg to stand upright.

Nelson’s final consultation was with a plastic surgeon about his cleft palette. Upon further examination it was discovered that Nelson needs significant dental surgery. Nelson was able to have the frenum of his tongue (the portion of connective tissue connecting his tongue to his lower jaw) repaired during the visit, which will significantly improve his ability to speak.

Call to Action

The patient referral team is very hopeful that Nelson can greatly improve his quality of life through these procedures! Please consider donating to help Nelson improve his quality of life through various interventions. Our goal is to raise $3,500 to assist Nelson.

Update

We would like to give a very big thank you to Dr. and Mrs. Butler from Pittsburg who were crucial in this treatment and accompanied Nelson on his initial consultation!

Kellin Lizeth Colindres Rosales | Honduras
Lipomeningocele, severe equino-cavus deformity of the foot
Kellin has been in the Patient Referral Program since 2015 and needs surgery for her feet as a result of a neural cavity defect and severe equino-cavus deformity of the foot.
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Kellin Lizeth Colindres Rosales | Honduras

Lipomeningocele, severe equino-cavus deformity of the foot
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AGE: 19
COMMUNITY: Teupasenti
DIAGNOSTIC: Lipomeningocele, severe equino-cavus deformity of the foot

We met Kellin on a Medical Brigade to Teupasenti in July 2015 and learned of a few pressing health concerns that made her a good candidate for the Patient Referral Program. She was diagnosed with lipomeningocele, a neural tube defect. She also has severe equino-cavus deformity of the foot and a potential chronic osteomyelitis (an infection of a bone).

Next Steps

We had the opportunity to accompany Kellin to an appointment with a specialist. The only option for her is surgery, but she has not yet had x-rays for the doctors to get a better idea of the course of action.

Call to Action

Kellin will eventually need a surgery on her feet, but she needs an x-ray first. We are seeking to raise $5,000 for Kellin’s care.

Update

We have already raised the funds for Kellin’s x-ray. We are still working to raise additional funds for Kellin’s future surgery. Please consider donating today to help Kellin receive the surgery she needs.

Rosela Camila Flores Ponce | Honduras
Rosela is from Santa Cruz and is two years old. She needs support to visit specialists and determine her medical condition.
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Rosela Camila Flores Ponce | Honduras

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AGE: 2
COMMUNITY: Santa Cruz
DIAGNOSIS: Unknown

Rosela is a 2 year old girl who was brought to a medical brigade in Santa Cruz in March 2016.

Next Steps

We are awaiting a visit from our team to determine the next steps with this patient.

Call to Action

Please consider donating to Rosela to help us reach the goal of $500 for her medical care.

Exon Efrain Osorto Lopez | Honduras
Lipoma
Exon was diagnosed with lipoma on his back, which he has had for almost all of his life. We are seeking donations to help Exon receive treatment.
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Exon Efrain Osorto Lopez | Honduras

Lipoma
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AGE: 2 years
COMMUNITY: Quebrachos, Santa Rosa Guinope
DIAGNOSTIC: Lipoma

Exon is a cute little boy from Quebrachos. He went to a medical brigade in Santa Rosa Guinope a community located approximately 2 hours away from Tegucigalpa, but Quebrachos, the community where he lives, is farther away. People walk to get to other places and they only have a bus service that works only early morning. they don’t have a health center or nurse in the community. For these reasons, people like Exon and his family walk long distances whenever they find out there is a medical brigade nearby.
The brigade took place in March 2017, when Exon was evaluated by the doctors in one of the consult stations. A doctor discovered he has had a lipoma of 3 centimeters on his back for 2 years already, it doesn’t cause him pain, but it is growing rapidly.

Next Steps

Thanks to Mount Allison University we are going to be able to take him to the surgeon and decide if he need the surgical procedure. They have donated $165 towards his medical care already! Exon has been receiving treatment in the nearby hospital in Talanga. His initial visits showed that he would not need surgery, but he had a follow-up visit in November 2017 to verify.

Call to Action

Exon is in need of additional medical care for his condition. We are seeking $100 in donations to assist Exon to cover medical costs.

Update

In November of 2017 we learned that Exon is a good candidate for surgery to remove the lipoma on his back. We are still fundraising for Exon!

Familia Barahona – Alonso | Honduras
Type 1 Diabetes
The Barahona-Alonso Family has Type 1 Diabetes and needs assistance creating a healthy living environment as they manage their diabetes.
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Familia Barahona – Alonso | Honduras

Type 1 Diabetes
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COMMUNITY: Mezcales, Catarranas
DIAGNOSTIC: Type 1 Diabetes

During a Community Health Worker visit, we met the Barahona – Alonso family. They live in the community of Mezcales, Cantarranas a community that is located about an hour away from Tegucigalpa. It has limited access, and there is no public transportation in this area. People living here must walk long distances to catch a bus, buy groceries, or seek medical attention.

When we were going to their home, the difficult access to the community was evident. We saw that there were almost no houses or any other buildings. They live in a small house that is still under construction and has no doors, windows, light, or water. It hasn’t been possible for them to finish the house because they don’t have the money to do so.

There are nine family members living in the house, four of them are kids who are currently in school. Only two of the adults work in agriculture or other minor jobs they can find in the area, and the rest of the family members have to stay home because of their medical condition.

Four members of this family have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. They have to visit the doctor for follow up and get medications for each month. Sometimes they don’t have the money to pay for their transportation, so they can’t make it to the consult. Luckily for them they receive medication from the public hospital, but, whenever there is no medication at the hospital they have to buy it at a pharmacy. Insulin needs to be stored in a refrigerator, but they don’t even have electricity at their home so they store it in a clay vase with a little bit of ice.

Next Steps

It is our wish and desire to help this family, improve their living conditions. The Global Brigades staff is already working on this case, talking with other organizations and the city mayor. Our priority is getting electricity and water for them, and they also need urgently a refrigerator. The funds we raise for this case will be used for their house.

Call to Action

Please consider donating to help the Barahona – Alonso family create a healthy living environment.

Steven Alejandro Diaz Ramirez | Honduras
Imperforate Anus
Steven is 5 years old and requires colostomy bags as a result of a congenital malformation.
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Steven Alejandro Diaz Ramirez | Honduras

Imperforate Anus
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AGE: 5 years
COMMUNITY: Suyapa, Cantarranas
DIAGNOSTIC: Imperforate Anus

Steven was born with a congenital malformation from his heart, kidney and intestines. Since he was little, he’s been visiting various doctors and receiving all types of medications and surgeries.
Despite of his medical condition he looks like a healthy kid, he goes to school, does well in his classes, and plays a lot with his friends.

One of the medical conditions that bothers him the most is having an imperforate anus; therefore, a colostomy was needed in order for his fecal matter to come out. It’s been hard for his mom, and since they don’t have enough income to buy colostomy bags, they have been using t-shirts, towels or paper towel instead of using the colostomy bags.

Next Steps

We want to help Steven’s mom fundraise in order to buy these colostomy bags. Steven needs to have his colostomy bag changed every 2-3 days, so we are hoping to fundraise in order to provide at least 100 bags as well as adhesive and cleaning wipes to last Steven approximately one year.

Call to Action

Please consider donating for Steven’s colostomy bags to help improve his quality of medical care. Our initial goal for Steven’s case is $200.

Edgar Antonio Castellanos | Honduras
Club Foot / Congenital Equinovarus
Edgar is 18 years old and has been diagnosed with Club Foot. With treatment, Edgar will have the chance to learn to walk normally and contribute to his family and community.
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Edgar Antonio Castellanos | Honduras

Club Foot / Congenital Equinovarus
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AGE: 18
COMMUNITY: Santa Rosa
DIAGNOSTIC: Club Foot / Congenital Equinovarus

Edgar, 18, lives in small house with his mother, father and siblings in Santa Rosa. They all help around with house chores. His dad and older brothers are the ones who work on agriculture and support the rest of the family with food and basic needs. Edgar tries to help as much as he can but because of his medical condition there are certain activities that he is not able to partake in. Edgar was born with this condition, and because his parents don´t have the money, he didn´t receive treatment at an early age. People in the community know him and say he is shy but kind, and whenever they see him walking on the street, they try to help him, because he mainly walks with his knees.

Next Steps

Edgar went to the medical brigade wanting a checkup, some vitamins, and painkillers, but the doctors who saw him decided to evaluate his case a little bit more. They asked for more information about his medical history and determined to refer him to the public hospital and Global Brigades’ referral program.

Call to Action

We want to help Edgar walk normally and to help him do the many things he wants to do, especially to help his dad and brother work on agriculture. To accomplish this goal, we are seeking $1,000 in donations.

Yosselin Mabel Mejia | Honduras
Cerebral Palsy
Yosselin is 23 years old and was diagnosed with
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Yosselin Mabel Mejia | Honduras

Cerebral Palsy
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AGE: 23
COMMUNITY: El Espinito
DIAGNOSTIC: Cerebral Palsy

Yosselin is 23 years old from El Espinito who has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy since birth. She also is paralyzed in both legs, has tremors in her arms, and has problems with talking, swallowing, and coordination.

Next Steps

Her fundraising goal is set to $205 purchase her a proper bed to sleep on to help her be more comfortable with her condition.

Call to Action

Consider donating today to help Yosselin receive a mattress.

Update

A big thanks to DePaul University who raised funds to purchase a bed for Yosselin. The mattress was delivered during the 2017 Honduras Leadership Institute.

Ruben Augustin Sanchez | Honduras
Congenital Scoliosis
Ruben was born with congenital scoliosis and has not been able to receive treatment because of his family's lack of economic resources. He needs to visit an orthopedic surgeon to determine the next steps of treatment.
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Ruben Augustin Sanchez | Honduras

Congenital Scoliosis
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AGE: 9
COMMUNITY: El Naranjal
DIAGNOSTIC: Congenital scoliosis

We visited Ruben, 9, in his house in El Naranjal where GB had a medical brigade. Ruben lives with his mother and his two siblings. His father isn’t currently living with his mother, but he tries to support them economically because his mom doesn´t work. He goes to school nearby his house. Ruben is in fourth grade and is a straight-A student.

Next Steps

His mom took him to the medical brigade because of his back deformity. He was born this way, and because of the lack of economical resources, he hasn´t been able to go to a doctor or get x-rays. Ruben has a medical condition called congenital scoliosis and needs further examination by an orthopedic surgeon who will decide what type of treatment he needs.

Call to Action

Ruben is a small kid, but conscious of his deformity, especially because kids at school bully him, making him feel self-conscious about his condition. Let’s help him improve his medical condition by fundraising $400 together!

Claudia Jamileth Lagos | Honduras
Hearing loss
Claudia was diagnosed with hearing loss as a young child. We are seeking funds to provide hearing aids to improve Claudia's hearing.
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Claudia Jamileth Lagos | Honduras

Hearing loss
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AGE: 7
COMMUNITY: Suyapa
DIAGNOSIS: Hearing loss

Claudia is a playful and happy 7-year-old girl. She has 4 siblings, and they all live at the same house with their mom and dad. Her dad is an army soldier and serves our country. Because of this, he often spends long periods of time away from home, but he provides for all family needs.

Next Steps

Claudia visited the medical brigade with her mom hoping they would find a treatment for her medical condition. She was born with a hearing problem which was detected before she was 2 years old. Her parents took her to the ENT.

Call to Action

We want to fundraise $1,000, so we can buy her hearing aids, which will improve her hearing. Step by step with the help of family and therapy, we hope Claudia will be able to speak later in life.

Angy Gabriela Melendez | Honduras
Hydrocephaly, spina bifida
Angy was born with hydrocephaly and spina bifida. We are seeking donations to help her get a new wheelchair.
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Angy Gabriela Melendez | Honduras

Hydrocephaly, spina bifida
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Background

AGE: 22
COMMUNITY: Higuerito, Cedros
DIAGNOSTIC: Hydrocephaly, spina bifida

Angy was born with hydrocephaly and spina bifida.

Next Steps

We are helping her get a new wheelchair.

Call to Action

Please consider donating to help us reach our goal of $300 for Angy’s new wheelchair.

Vivi Gissell Gaitan | Honduras
Background AGE: 9 COMMUNITY: Los Terrones DIAGNOSTIC: Unknown Vivi Gissell is a sweet 9-year old girl found on a medical brigade in Los Terrones. She went to the brigade looking for some vitamins and a checkup for her eyes. According to her mother, when Vivi…
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Vivi Gissell Gaitan | Honduras

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Background

AGE: 9
COMMUNITY: Los Terrones
DIAGNOSTIC: Unknown

Vivi Gissell is a sweet 9-year old girl found on a medical brigade in Los Terrones. She went to the brigade looking for some vitamins and a checkup for her eyes. According to her mother, when Vivi was younger her mother put some eye drops in her eyes and from that moment she started having problems.

Next Steps

We still don’t have a diagnosis for Vivi, but there is an obvious problem in her eyes. We want to take her to the ophthalmologist so they can determine a diagnostic and possible treatment.

Call to Action

Please consider donating today to help Vivi visit the opthamologist and receive treatment. We hope to fundraise $200 for Vivi’s medical care.

Rosi Belinda Espina | Honduras
Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Rosi has osteogenesis imperfecta and rides a bicycle to get around town. We are seeking funds to provide Rosi with a safer wheelchair!
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Rosi Belinda Espina | Honduras

Osteogenesis Imperfecta
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Background

AGE: 16
COMMUNITY: Los Guasimos, Apali.
DIAGNOSTIC: Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Rosi Belinda Espina is 16 years old from the community of Los Guasimos, Apali. Rosi was born with a medical condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which is characterized by bones that break easily from little or no apparent cause. Rosi attended a medical brigade in Los Guasimos with her mom. To get to the brigade, her mom was riding a bike with Rosi. This isn’t a safe way of traveling, especially considering Rosi’s fragile bones.

Next Steps

We want to help Rosi’s mom get a new wheelchair for her daughter, which is going to reduce the risk of an accident while riding a bike.

Call to Action

Please consider donating to help us reach our goal of $300 for Rosi’s new wheelchair.

Update

Rosi was able to get a wheelchair thanks to the University of Toronto’s medical brigade in August 2016. Her funds will be re-allocated to help other Patient Referral Cases. Thank you to her donors!

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