For nearly two years, Jaquelin, a 17-year-old girl who lives with her family deep in the Chapare jungle of Bolivia, suffered from stomach pains. Not just an ordinary stomach ache, but pain and swelling so severe that she eventually had to stop going to school.
After the pain became unbearable, Jaquelin's family brought her to the nearest hospital, two hours away. There she was diagnosed with a massive tumor that would require expensive surgery—something her parents could not afford as farmers living on a meager income.
It was only through AmeriCares Medical Outreach Program, that Jaquelin was able to receive the critical surgery she needed to remove the 25-pound tumor that turned out to be benign.
This AmeriCares program supplies crucial medicines and medical products to skilled, dedicated U.S.-based volunteer health care teams traveling to more than 80 countries where basic health care is unavailable or unaffordable.
The result? Deadly infections are cured. Pain and suffering, alleviated. Patients are able to better manage their chronic diseases. Children and adults in desperate need of surgery get life-saving help that would be otherwise impossible.
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