Managua, Nicaragua —Liliana Vazquez, Interplast Communications Technology Coordinator.
During my time in Nicaragua, I was constantly inspired by the level of commitment shared by the local staff as well as Dr. Chandini Perera and Physical Therapist Asha Karunathilake. Despite working for burn units on the other side of the world from each other, their deep passion for the work they do is identical. This dedication was apparent as we watched Nicaraguan therapist, Socorro, and Sri Lankan therapist, Asha, rush into the OR and work collectively to create a leg splint for a young baby who had just been operated. The leg splint is essential as it keeps the patient's leg from contracting after a burn. At that moment there were no language barriers or cultural differences, just the patient's well being in both their minds.