Bayhealth nurse Hannah Thorp recently traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for a mission trip.

Thorp traveled to Mexico with Missions for Life, a nonprofit founded to provide humanitarian, medical and spiritual outreaches, and support to the city of San Miguel de Allende. Throughout her week in the city, Thorp and her team traveled through more than 500 villages. Along with three other nurses and two nursing students, Thorp checked height and weight, and provided glucose and blood pressure checks as part of free clinics for citizens in the villages.

For many residents in the villages, health checks provided by the team were their only access to medical professionals and medicine for more than a year. The clinics kept the team busy with 100-plus patients seen in four hours.

“For a diabetic who may not have had their glucose checked in weeks, this was of vital importance,” Thorp said. “The experiences have left lifelong prints on my heart, and I know I will be back soon, but I hope I’m not alone.”

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