Each February, medical professionals from throughout the South work together to heal the bodies and spirits of children in Ambato, Ecuador.
The surgeon, his palms the size of the child’s head, replaces his solid blue Kentucky Wildcats hat with a scrub cap. He knows the baby is malnourished. He understands this operation is a risk. His bright brown eyes peer over his surgical mask. They are focused, confident. A risk, yes, but better than the alternative. He speaks to his team with the same rich tone of assurance he shared with the baby’s worried parents.
This infant is in safe hands.