Some people spend their spring break taking lavish vacations across the world, but for one local family, they chose to spend their vacation in Honduras, treating poverty stricken patients.
"When I was in private practice, I never had the chance to do this, and I think that there is a lot of physicians, if given the opportunity, would rather spend their vacation time actually using their profession to bless the lives of other,” says Dr. John Whiting, Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Whiting and his wife Pam, say that this is their way to give back and use the medical skills that they have to help others.
"Well when I think about our experience, it just brings chills to my body, it was just overwhelming in a sense that it was a wonderful experience and for us to be able to go over there and use our skills to help these patients that so much needed it,” says Pam Whiting, Certified Medical Assistant.
"We would start working and you would just have the whole entire courtyard packed full of people. A lot of those people had slept overnight, some of those people had come a week earlier to try to be the first ones in line,” added Dr. Whiting.
Pam says that the Hondurans may not have a lot of money, but they are rich in spirit.
"They come in with big smiles. They have traveled for days. They have waited for days and they are dressed just beautifully in their best and just so gracious to have the help and the care that they come to seek at our clinic,” concluded Pam.
Dr. Whiting and his wife Pam, say they plan on going back to Honduras every year from here on out and they are planning another medical training mission to Cameroon (West Africa) in August.