Patient Maritza

tumorMaritza Arias, from the nearby village of San Ignacio, arrived at Centro Medico with pain in her upper right arm. Doctors found a tumor. Centro Medico helped arrange and pay for the tumor removal surgery performed in a local hospital in October 2005. Maritza writes, "I am very thankful not only for my surgery, but for the entire foundation for all of the help and services it has provided to the people in my [village]. The clinic also helped my father when he was diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer. I came to the anniversary party so I could thank Dr. Susan. I wanted to give her a personal thank you card. Thank you."

Total Medical Bill: $300
Sponsered by: Centro Medico
Patient Cost: $0

Patient Marcella

CancerMarcella, a 17 year girl from the nearby town of Buena Vista, came to Centro Medico in March 2006 with a scarf carefully draped around her neck. The scarf concealed a large mass in her neck. As the mass continued to grow, she noticed a decrease in energy and shortness of breath on minimal exertion. When her CBC was checked, she was profoundly anemic with a hemoglobin of 4 g/dl. 

All the available volunteers at Centro Medico, including a young German man who was just looking for a place to stay for the night, immediately donated much needed blood to Marcella. Centro Medico staff arranged for a biopsy. It turned out Marcella had stage IV Hodgkin's disease. She underwent 6 months of chemotherapy.
All evidence of Marcella's Hodgkin's disease is now gone and oncologists are optimistic that she has been cured. Marcella is now feeling much better and has returned to school after a 3-year absence due to her illness. Centro Medico and the Daniels Hamant Foundation are happy to help another patient story regain health and well-being. 

Total Medical Bill: $8000
Sponsered by: Centro Medico
Patient Cost: $0