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Taking Action

Most people want to feel as though they are involved in something important, contributing to a greater good. It’s a sentiment that helps this clinic grow every day. But something happened this weekend that demands that we all look for a way to take action now. On Sundays, Infinity Bay Beach Resort generously gives day passes to our clinic volunteers so that they can enjoy this tropical paradise that they are working to improve. Periodically our doctors and nurses are called upon to consult with an injury or advise on best medical practices.

This past Sunday, Dr. Eric Nau (pediatrics) was called on when a 3 year-old girl was pulled unconscious from the water. Amazingly after minutes of terror, the little girl coughed up the water and started crying. Dr. Eric and attentive staff from Infinity Bay were able to give her oxygen and wait for the ambulance to take her to the hospital for observation. The outlook was good and her family was gifted another day with this beautiful little girl.

We were all given a gift, the gift of hindsight and no damage done. We can evaluate this situation for what went right and what could have gone wrong. We are already in talks with Infinity Bay to provide CPR and first aid classes for their staff and Dr. Eric is working on a list of must-have emergency preparedness supplies. I found my mind spinning with the realization about how for the average local person here who can’t whip out a credit card, the emergency services are limited and the evacuation services are non-existent.. It’s time to take action.

Clinica Esperanza started in Peggy’s kitchen and has come a long way since but we are still so far from being the kind of facility that this island needs. Our long term goal is to open a trauma center and an out-patient surgical ward where we can better serve emergent and critical cases. If you are ready to take action and make this island better prepared for yourself, your family, your employees and your clients then consider what you can do to help Clinica Esperanza grow.

Currently we are looking to increase our recurring donor subscriptions which will allow us the stability and dependability to increase our programs and services. Go to our Take Action page today and select one or more of the options available. Let’s all make this a priority, we need to be proactive because there will always be accidents and emergencies and Clinica Esperanza wants to help! – Kelly Ryan, Development Director, Clinica Esperanza, Roatan, Honduras


  1. Alana - August 16, 2013 5:42 am

    YES!! It is so imperative that the island have this trauma center. We don’t need any more of these types of emergencies in order to realize that. Thank goodness that Dr. Eric decided to enjoy the beach that day….

  2. Elizabeth Lasater - August 28, 2013 7:40 pm

    I loved reading and learning about the clinic!
    I earned my open-water diving cert at Bananarama about 10 years ago, and I’ve earned my degree in nursing here in California since then, now a Registered Nurse… I’m a new grad, so somewhat green, though I think it would be a nice payback to beautiful Roatan for lending me her beauty all those years ago if I could volunteer at the clinic sometime? Do you have a program and/or opportunity for someone such as myself?

  3. Elizabeth Lasater - August 28, 2013 7:42 pm

    Oops! Nevermind! I see the information now… I’ll be in touch!

  4. kelly - August 28, 2013 7:47 pm

    Hi Elizabeth, thanks for your interest in our clinic. Please do fill out an application to be a volunteer with us. We would love to have a licensed professional like yourself and lend her support here at the clinic. Looking forward to hearing from you!