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Taking Action for the Parishioners Instead of Just Worrying About Them

May 31, 2024

There is no official data available, but it is estimated that about seven thousand people in Venezuela are bitten by a snake each year. Aware of the nationwide shortage of snake antivenom, that is, the anti-venom treatment for snakebites, Priest Johnny Arias came up with the idea of creating an antivenom bank funded by his own community.

Rescuing the Lake with the Pseudostem of the Plantain Plant

May 30, 2024

In the labs of the School of Chemistry of Universidad Central de Venezuela, researchers Ray Arteaga and Manuel Fermín used the pseudostem of the plantain plant to create a small sponge capable of absorbing large amounts of crude oil.

Juan La Rosa, indígena kaketí - Ilustración Carlos Leopoldo Machado

Just Follow One Land, One Flesh, One Blood.

Aug 10, 2023

In discovering his identity, Juan La Rosa, a member of the Caquetío indigenous group, became an activist.

Madre adolescente huye de casa - Ilustración: Walther Sorg

We Are Not a Different Species

Jul 20, 2023

One day, in early 2018, Keyla, a 14-year-old pregnant girl, arrived at a hospital in Barcelona, in eastern Venezuela. She was all by herself, running a fever and leaking amniotic fluid. As soon as she was performed an ultrasound scan, the doctors knew that her baby had died. Dr. Nathali Arismendi, at the time an OB-GYN trainee, was amongst those who attended to her. Unknowingly, that young patient would teach her a lot.

Milagros de Jesús junto a su hija.

Her ID Did not Read “Seed” but Milagros de Jesús

Jul 20, 2023

First, she hid the fact that she had breast cancer. Then, when she could no longer keep it a secret, she refused to undergo chemotherapy treatment. The disease metastasized to other parts of her body. Milagros was confident that she would live to see the day when Kimberly, her only daughter, graduated as a medical doctor.

Gloria Pino junto a su hijo.

I Was No Mutant, as I Feared

Jul 19, 2023

Psychologist Gloria Pino —very tall and very thin, like no one else in her family— lived in pain and with fatigue and a pounding heart. She consulted with many doctors, but none would arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Until one doctor took her time to study her medical history thoroughly. That was the day Gloria first heard about Marfan syndrome, a rare disease that affects one in five thousand people.

Doctora con mascarilla.

A Disease Does Not Define You

Jul 19, 2023

Nathali Arismendi was still a medical student when, during one of her first shifts, she pricked her finger while suturing a head wound on a homeless woman. Weeks after that work-related accident, she developed a fever and her lymph nodes got swollen. An HIV test came back positive, but she had no doubt in her mind that she had been misdiagnosed.

Go to another World, Get your Stars

Jul 19, 2023

Martín is an 8-year-old Venezuelan boy. Like so many families, his decided to emigrate. In 2018, they settled in Mexico. Inés Araujo, Martín’s grandmother, who is a psychologist and an educator, joined them and stayed with them for a few months.

My Way of Making the World a Better Place

Mar 13, 2023

An occupational therapist, Erika Lezama left Venezuela for Perú with the expectation that she could continue to practice her profession. Having overcome more than a few bumps in her road, she finally landed what she thought would be the job of her dreams at a children’s therapy center located in the most exclusive area of Lima. The challenging experience made her realize the kind of professional she wanted to be.

Esa voz que se había instalado en mi cabeza

That Voice in My Head

Feb 27, 2023

María Laura Silva always wanted to be a doctor. She was presented with many an obstacle as a student of medicine, some of them posed by the crisis facing the country, but that didn’t undermine her determination to graduate.  Still, one day in 2018, while at work as a medical intern at a hospital, she began to ask herself whether she should stay the course.

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