Monday, April 6, 2009

St. Andrew's Clinic

Last week I had the opportunity to witness a gathering of physicians, volunteers, and medical patients who traveled to Nogales, Arizona for a medical clinic that happens once a month. The Saint Andrew's Children's Clinic is probably one of the most amazing things I have seen. For one day, the Church turns into a hospital. Children from Mexico are allowed to cross the border for a day to receive important medical attention that they may otherwise not have an opportunity to get. Here are a few photos from the day:This is Juan Cuadras Ballori, 10. He and his mother, Maria, travel to the clinic every month from Rocky Point. They have been doing this for six years. I spent a lot of time with him on Thursday, and was disappointed when the hearing aide he was supposed recieve was not ready. To read more about this check out my future story on Borderbeat.

I hung out with a lot of kids at this clinic. It was so fun to see how happy they are, but sad to watch a boy crawling on the floor because his family can't afford a wheel chair of crutches. It was a very enlightening experience and awesome to see all different people coming together to help these children who are in need.

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