"...you really helped me regain my strength..."
Antonia Garcia Balbuena, Nursing Student
TranscriptFor me, Philosophy of Healthcare is acknowledging the differences or similarities of an individual and still caring for them as you would your own family or loved one. I picked honesty, love, and passion for my ideal virtues for Philosophy of Healthcare. Only because growing up in the Dominican Republic, and working in the midst of poverty, it showed me the importance of these virtues. My parents are founders of a Christian organization, and I’ve seen them apply these virtues, and I’ve seen peoples’ lives blossom because of it. Something I’ve experienced with these virtues and with Philosophy of Healthcare, is I saw a man’s life blossom. One of the ministries we do, is we go into the public hospital to pray and sing and talk to patients. We try to bring them comfort and help them feel at peace. Some people never recover and never leave the hospital, but some do recover, and they do go home. One day, I was outside the grocery store, waiting to go home, and this man came up to me and asked if I had ever been to the public hospital in Puerta Plata and I said yes. And he asked, “Were you the one who came and brought gifts, and prayed, and sang?” I said yes. He said that he remembered me, because he was once a patient there, and he said, “Thank you. You really helped me regain my strength.” And then he said, “God bless you,” and simply walked away. That’s when I realized the importance behind these virtues of caring and loving, and being honest.
Updated: January 10, 2011 - 2:53pm - by Yvette Saliba