In Their Own Words :: Mayra Gonzalez Holz

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Registered nurse, specializing in intensive care, served in Pakistan

We were at the camp to the furthest to the north in Pakistan, near the border with India and China. We treated people coming out of the mountains. I was amazed by the lack of nutrition. There were 10 -year-olds who looked like they were five or six.

It rained for days without stopping. It was so cold, I couldn't feel my feet. There was no electricity, except in the hospital. The children were brave; they didn't cry when they were injected. One boy brought his brother and stayed with him the whole time he was in the hospital. A little girl came with a five-day old baby. When we left at 6 a.m., the whole town came out to say goodbye, and they were crying. We left the hospital behind for the Pakistani army to use.

I'm ready to go to any other country if my services are needed.

Read Cuba's Cure, our article on the Cuban health care system.
And see ¡Salud!, a film on Cuba's global health mission.