Letters of Thanks

In a letter from one of our total knee replacement patients who came to see us in clinic as we were screening our next group of patients for knee and hip replacements.

Dear Dr. Kaper:
I want to wish you and your family a merry and wonderful Christmas, and the most blessed New Year 2015!!! I would like to tell you again how grateful I am for all the care, time, and love that you and your whole team gave us, but I am sure that everything you do are blessings for all and each of your team's members and families.


Dear Gentlemen,
By means of this letter I would like to express my eternal gratitude for the work that you do.
I might not be able to repay you with all the money in the world but you will receive the blessings of God eternally. Thanks to this I will no longer be discriminated against, like I was since childhood where they would call us things that made us feel really bad. But this operation will allow me to revive my dreams!
You are Heaven sent, the people that donate the money as well as those that come and operate. This is such a humble and selfless act, just like our Lord Jesus Christ, it is so noble of you that it would be wonderful if you could continue to fulfill more dreams. You have no idea how much good you are doing us by allowing us to live without complications or limitations and be normal people. I thank you so much!
You are such wonderful people, with such a big hearts and with that you are saving so many lives, problems of self esteem, and above all dreams. We now have all the tools we need and we know that God only gives the hardest battles to the best soldiers.
Furthermore it has been so gratifying to meet all of you because you treat us so well and with so much warmth and kindness and thanks to that you are new friends to always remember and thank for the rest of our lives.
I thank you with all my heart,
Sincerely,  Mélida Cárdenas

Hello, my name is Beatriz Castillo Huanca and I am 38 years old. I am lucky to be blessed with a surgery for hip dysplasia that I will receive for free through Operation Walk. This will change my life of pain, frustration, ailment and limitations so I can live a normal life with my children, family, friends and other people.

The visit of the specialists was full of kindness, affection, patience and gentleness and together with Doctor Manuel Avila they reached out a helping hand and made us believe, feel and realize that gentle and selfless and good hearted humanity exist to help those in need.
May God bless you and give you life so that you can continue doing this!
Beatriz Castillo Huanca

Hello, my name is Yahaira Celi, I am from Ecuador and 20 years old.
My story began like this: I have congenital hip dysplasia. Until the age of 10 I wasn't bothered by it but with growing age I started to feel complications like pain in the hip that got worse over time, fatigue and often loss of mobility in my left leg. I couldn't do many everyday activities like stand, walk or run for longer periods of time.
Since I was very young my mother had been trying to find a solution for my problem, we saw different doctors in our country, but all intentions failed because they told us that the operation was so complicated that nobody in our country was able to do it. Furthermore the cost would be approximately $45,000 and that was out of our financial reach. We also contacted several foundations but there are very few that benefit this cause. And so time went by without any resolve, until a few months ago I heard family members talk about Dr. Avila and the team of foreign doctors that comes to our country to do exactly the kind of surgery that in need and best of all that it wouldn't cost anything!
I didn't hesitate one second to try and find Dr. Avila, until I reached him over the phone and told him about my problem and discomfort. He told me to send him my x-rays to take a look and I did. I was really emotional because I had found a new reason for hope. Hope that I had been searching for many years, the fact that Dr. Avila had received my x-rays signified great progress.
For the last months I have been in contact with the doctor asking him about my case and about the arrival of the team of doctors from abroad. 20 days ago I got the response that they would be able to operate on me and gave me the date to see the doctors. This message made me so emotional, I just couldn't believe it! So I kept asking Dr. Avila: " Doctor, are you sure you're not lying to me?" To which he answered: "No, Yahaira, this is not a joke, you will have the operation, they are waiting for you on the day of your appointment."
It is hard to explain what I felt that day, but they were mixed emotions, between joy, nerves and tears of happiness because now my dream of surgery was becoming a reality.
When the day of my appointment with the doctors came and I can say that it went every well and that these doctors are not only great professionals but more than that they are human beings with a great heart.
I know that it wouldn't be possible for the team to realize these operations without the people that support this noble cause and I want to thank the team and all the people that make these operations possible.
Today my dream came true, tomorrow other people will be the beneficiaries of your great help.
Thanks for you help and I hope that you will continue with your immense work that is so important for us, the people with scarce resources.
I thank you 1000 times and may God bless you always!

My name is Lorena Alvarado and I am 27. I am married to a wonderful husband and have two children, a daughter of 7 years and a son that turned 2 on the day of my operation.
The life I had before was very complicated since I was not able to enjoy my family. I could not play with them for the pain was just too strong. I would walk a little and then just had to stop.
I felt so bad when I walked with my husband and limped at his side that I didn't want to go out a lot because I was embarrassed.
But the worst thing that happened to me was that my children were born with the same problem, they were born with hip dysplasia. I felt horrible but one day, like a wonder from God, Doctor Carlos Bernal came to the rescue and with the help of orthopedic diapers the disease was cured. But he also told me that the most important thing to completely  change my life would be to get in touch with Dr. Manuel Avila who operated with a wonderful team. I couldn't believe it, but contacted Doctor Manuel and he told me with a lot of positivism that I would be able to walk well and that the operations would happen in April.
It was a dream come true! When the day finally came my nerves were on edge but I had great faith. I thank God because all turned out well and my surgery was a success!
Everybody treated me with a lot of friendliness and affection and I felt right at home. Thanks for offering so much love.
Today I wish  blessings to all that helped by making donations to this wonderful foundation, because it is through them that our life changes forever. It allows us to look at life again with a smile. It is the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me and I know that everybody that was blessed with these operations thank you and wish that God may bless you today, tomorrow and always.
I know that my life will be much better thanks to you and the wonderful team that came to fulfill our dream. It will now be a reality that I can play with my children and husband thanks to you.
You are the best that God put on this earth.
With love, respect and affection,

Lorena Alvarado


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Operation Walk International Inc. is a not-for-profit, volunteer medical service organization. Our purpose is to provide total joint replacement surgery to patients who live in developing countries and who due to social, political and economic factors have little or no access to care for their debilitating bone and joint diseases, the most common of which is osteoarthritis. To learn more, click here.

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