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MAP International | December 11, 2017

Stories of Hope:  Meet Carlos

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Carlos is a 43-year-old bus driver with a big heart and steadfast faith. He prides himself on helping others and routinely drives people from his small village in rural El Salvador to a local clinic three hours away in Texacuangos. The drive on uneven roads and broken pavement is long but fulfilling.

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Nurses Jenny O'Neill and Betty Moriarity in recovery room with Carlos following a successful surgery.

For many weeks, Carlos suffered through the discomfort of driving with a hernia. His pain grew progressively worse. With his livelihood at stake, Carlos wondered how much more he could endure.  As the breadwinner for his family, he feared the devastating result this would have for those who depended on him.

Workers like Carlos in El Salvador earn one dollar an hour. Understandably, the cost of elective surgery is prohibitive.  A few charity hospitals offer assistance for low-income individuals. Sadly though, surgical options for hernias are limited.  A standard repair surgery performed routinely in the U.S. and offering excellent results is largely unavailable.

Knowing that his options were few, Carlos turned to God.

Carlos prayed for his hernia to be healed.  He kept faith. Recently, his prayers were answered in the form of a medical mission team carrying sutures, medicines and other supplies provided by MAP International. 

In the peak of pain, Carlos drove his village neighbors to the clinic. As they exited the bus, Carlos saw the buzz of activity with the medical mission team. He parked the bus and hesitantly approached a physician standing inside of the remote clinic. Carlos shared his story and humbly asked, if he too could be evaluated for surgery. A proud man, Carlos felt odd asking for help.

After a brief examination, the surgeons on the team agreed to operate. They scheduled his surgery. Elated, Carlos drove his fellow villagers the three hours back home that evening, knowing in two days he could return for himself.

“There is no amount of money that brings me greater satisfaction than the hope we gave Carlos and the many who shared their gratitude with us,” said the surgeon who operated on Carlos. “I profoundly acknowledge MAP, our operating room team, the local support and the many unnamed MAP donors who, without them, nothing would change. Thank you, MAP and your donors!”

Carlos’ surgery and the many others performed that week were successes. These were prayed for miracles giving hope for people who share their hearts and livelihoods with others.

“There is no amount of money that brings me greater satisfaction than the hope we gave Carlos and the many who shared their gratitude with us,” said the surgeon who operated on Carlos. “I profoundly acknowledge MAP, our operating room team, the local support and the many unnamed MAP donors who, without them, nothing would change. Thank you, MAP and your donors!”

Your donations make miracles happen in the lives of people every day, around the world. Medicines and medical supplies from MAP allow life-changing surgeries to happen for people like Carlos.

Please help MAP take advantage of a matching gift challenge put forth by one of our steadfast friends.  Any donation made before December 31 to MAP’s matching gift campaign will be doubled up to $100,000. That means your dollars will go twice as far to help those like Carlos and millions of others.

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