“Legacy’s mission communities lack basic necessities that affluent countries take for granted. The problems that these areas face extend far beyond a lack of basic healthcare. We don’t just perform surgeries and dispense supplies. Our mission is to connect with the people and treat them like family. We are more than clinical care-givers. We are healers that belief in nurturing the body, mind and soul. It’s our job to give our patients a sense of hope.”
– Jon Velasco, General Surgeon & Board Member
"No Crying in the Operating Room"
“As I stared at what remained of Rhoda’s face, I broke the cardinal rule: “No crying in the O.R.” All too common in Africa are burn cases like three-year-old Rhoda’s. After falling in the village fire six weeks earlier, all of the skin that once covered her face was now incinerated. The fire left no lips, nose, or eyelids, even exposing part of her skull. Her shriveled fingers dangled from her swollen, skinless hand. She hardly looked human.