Poorest of the Poor: For Hondurans of all ages, plastic surgery consult offers hope

SANTA ROSA de COPAN, HONDURAS — Even though a nurse promised her “no shots and no ouchies today,” Maria Francis was crying. She sat on her mother’s lap, repeatedly turning her face away from everyone trying to talk to her, to tell her how pretty she looked. And one hand — sometimes both — stayed clamped over her mouth. The 12-year-old was the first patient of the day to be seen by Columbus pediatric plastic surgeon Dr. Greg Pearson, who was working from a small exam room in a consultation building right behind Hospital de Occidente, the largest such public facility in western Honduras …

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