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Patient Referral Program

Global Brigades has made a commitment to support Medical Brigade patients that require immediate emergency care, by transporting the patient to the nearest hospital and funding their initial hospital visit. However, there are many patients that need future procedures, follow-up visits, supplies and medication.



Support the Patient Referral Program by donating to the general fund or supporting an individual patient.




Open Cases - Patient Stories

Kellin Lizeth Colindres Rosales | Honduras

We met Kellin on a Medical Brigade to Teupasenti in July 2015 and learned of a few pressing health concerns that made her a good candidate for the Patient Referral Program. She has been diagnosed with lipomeningocele, a neural tube defect. She also has severe equino-cavus deformity of the foot and a potential chronic osteomyelitis (an infection of a bone).

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Alvis Velaquez | Panama
Alvis is a young man with down syndrome who lives in Nueva Arenosa with his elderly parents. In August, students from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis formed a strong bond with Alvis during their medical brigade to the school in Nueva Arenosa. Learn more. 


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Victor Gutierrez | Panama

On April 11th, 2014, Victor Gutierrez and his brother were coming back from their farm in the community of Torti Abajo, in Eastern Panama. During the trip back, it is suspected that Victor suffered a stroke, which caused him to fall from the tractor. He was serverely injured by the tractor wheel, and is now paralyzed. During a community survey Panama's community development team identified Victor as a potential referral case. On March 3rd, 2015, the Patient Referral opened the case with Victor and his family...

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Nelson Lionel Matute | Honduras

On Monday, August 4th, the patient referral team went for a consultation with Nelson Lionel Matute in the community of El Canton. Nelson is an 18-year-old boy who was first seen by the University of Pittsburg during a medical brigade in El Canton and was recommended to the patient referral program...

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