Humanitarian Work

Meet Mayra.


• Vinto, Bolivia •

 One of our littler and bravest guests, I first met Mayra when she was admitted to the hospital with cerebral malaria (a severe form affecting the brain) a month prior. Few thought she was going to make it, but as one can see here…she absolutely did. 

From scared little girl to fearless survivor, she quickly became an inspiration to those caring for her. Bonding over children’s songs and Dum Dums (green apple was her favorite), our friendship grew, and she quickly became a ray of light in my day.

Here, she is pictured at one of her follow-up appointments with—what else—
—but a green apple Dum Dum. 


31 replies »

  1. All I can say about Mayra is that another angel has been placed in our midst to bring light and happiness to everyone whose lives she touches. Thanks for sharing her with us, Phoebe. 🙂

  2. Hi Phoebe – I know from a number of your Posts how helpless you have felt in certain situations, and how frustrated you seem to be in others… but this story must clearly reinforce that fact that your chosen direction was a good one! Keep up the excellent work! 🙂

  3. Dear Dr. Phoebe, You are such an inspiration to me. I have been working so hard to get my book published. Humbly, I have gotten one rejection after another. There is a quality that you have that shines with such a love for people. Thank you for sharing these posts, with us, about your wonderful patients. Most Sincerely, Richard

    • Hi Richard! 🙂 Please don’t be discouraged. I can only imagine the obstacles writers have to overcome…but I fully believe it will eventually work out for you. And thank you for your kind sentiments. Best wishes to you! 🙂

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