By Julian L., Hearts Home Alumni from Washington, DC who served in Manila, Philippines from 2010-2011.
“After my return from my mission in the Philippines, my life took a 180-degree turn as I started medical school. I thought nothing would ever compare to the suffering and the poverty I saw in the slums of the Philippines.
As a third year medical student I get to work in different hospitals in Brooklyn. I will never forget one of my dying patients who suffered tremendously. A.M. was an elderly woman with pneumonia and end stage renal failure. She only had a few days left to live. Even though she was dying, I never saw any friends or family visit her. I was so saddened by her situation that one afternoon I felt compelled to be by her side and simply hold her hand for a few minutes as she struggled to stay alive. She had no one else to accompany her. This would be the last time I saw her since she died that night.
Unfortunately, the loneliness and suffering I have seen working in inner city hospitals in Brooklyn is far greater than anything I experienced during my mission in the Philippines. I will never forget seeing hundreds of the loneliest and most depressed people in a Psychiatric ward. It is so heartbreaking! Only now can I begin to understand why Mother Theresa called New York City the poorest and loneliest city in the world. For me, the Hearts Home mission of compassion didn’t end when I left the Philippines; rather it is just beginning.”
being interviewed on Tu Fe al Dia,NET TV.
(Interview in Spanish: La Espiritualidad de la Compasion)