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Surgeons of Hope

Children in developing nations with curable health problems often die because of inadequate healthcare facilities and training. Surgeons of Hope is sending medical specialists to Nicaragua to help treat children and teach local personnel life-saving surgical procedures.

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Directed by Marantha Hay.

Originally featured in the ViewChange Online Film Contest.

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Segment 1

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For years, Surgeons of Hope has been sending teams of heart surgeons to Managua, Nicaragua.
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The organization's primary goal is to shorten the period of surgical experimentation by training local physicians.
HOLMAN VELAZQUEZ
When I get too tired, it hurts. This part, it, like, stabs.
HOLMAN'S MOTHER
I took him to the center. They took a microscope and listened, and they detected that he had a heart murmur. I was sad, because on the other side, where I work, a little boy died from a heart murmur. The boy died. That scared me.
HOLMAN VELAZQUEZ
They're going to open my chest, and they're going to fix what's wrong. I think it's going to be worth it, because I'll be like everybody else.
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La Mascota Hospital, Intensive Care Unit
MAN
She's like this at home. Just like you see her. She doesn't play. She doesn't go out. She just sits there. Thinking. It's painful to see her like this. Instead of gaining weight, she's getting thinner and thinner.
DOCTOR 1
The girl has a very serious problem. So serious, she's close to death.
MAN
Yes.
DOCTOR 1
We've had the luck, up to now, to have, for example, Dr. Leonard Bailey. They saw the girl and checked her out, and they considered that, before dying like this, they can operate and do a surgery. We want to do the surgery tomorrow. There's no chance, okay?
MAN
Yes.
DOCTOR 1
And so we need to do something about the problem, okay? The risk is great, but it's the only chance that she has left. After that, she has nothing left, so if you tell me that she can die, she's going to die anyway. And it's going to be like you said. So, do we agree?
DOCTOR 2 [Anesthesiologist]
I'm going to stick this here.
NURSE
Stay calm.
DOCTOR 2
Tell her it's going to smell a little funny.
NURSE
You're going to feel a little pain, somewhat weird, but that's the medicine, okay?
MAN
Let me tell you, it was hell living like this. After doing nothing, she would gasp for air. It was one or two in the morning, and we would leave the house, running to the hospital, to the health centers, because she would say, "Get me out of here. I can't stand it anymore. Take me! Take me!" And we would have to take her. We'd have to take her. It's horrible living like that, not knowing if your child will wake up in the morning or not.
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Next day, La Mascota Hospital
MAN
She had a few days left. Now they gave me more time. Her mother is still crying. She still can't believe it. Who healed you?
GIRL
God.
MAN
Who?
GIRL
God.
WOMAN
He's here, everybody!