Paying It Forward with NPH

An NPH pequeno became a doctor and returned to work at our clinic.
March 18, 2016 - Guatemala

Dr Dora in Action at the Clinic

“NPH changed everything for me and my whole life,” says Dora Gomez.

The 29 year old’s been working at NPH Guatemala as part of the team providing medical care for orphaned or abandoned children for the last six months. She’s been part of our family for much longer than that.

Her mother died after suffering from an illness when Dora was just four years old. Her father abandoned her and two of her brothers and sisters, but took two other siblings, “He took them with him to El Salvador, and he put them to work.” At the age of eleven, Dora went to live at NPH Honduras.

Before her mother passed away, Dora spent a lot of time going with her mother to her medical appointments and going to hospitals. One day a doctor gave her mother the wrong medication, and as young as she was Dora remembers it clearly. It was the day she decided that when she grew up she’d be a doctor and take better care of her patients. Her new life at NPH meant Dora could follow her dreams and continue her education after primary school and going to Medical school.

She’s now working at NPH Guatemala. “My favorite part of the job? It’s meeting the patients,” says Doctor Dora.

Working at NPH means that she sees a wide variety of different health concerns and illnesses, but the most common are due to unsanitary living conditions and exposure to poor quality of water.

Children are often malnourished, drinking unsafe water that carries parasites, bacteria and even pollution can cause a primary illnesses like diarrhea, but then being unable to absorb necessary nutrients means children are weak and more susceptible to other infectious diseases.

“Roughly 99 percent of children that are admitted to the clinic here at NPH will have intestinal parasites,” says Dora. It can take up to two weeks of treatment to get the kids healthy.

Other common ailments are chronic skin conditions due to not bathing at all, or washing in polluted water. If a family member has to walk for a couple of hours to fetch clean water then using it for washing is a low priority.

Being able to improve the children’s quality of life and giving back to NPH is what Dora is all about.

Vanessa French   
Communication Officer




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