Honduran Family Chooses TriStar Hendersonville Birth Center to Deliver their First Child
Bon voyage to baby Ema! The Birth Center at TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center’s newest addition to the family will be departing soon to travel back home to Honduras. She will have to fly over 1,400 miles—farther than most will travel in their life time—just at one month old.
For Brett Branson, MD, OB/GYN physician, and Shelia Kelly, RN at the Birth Center, this international flight is routine. The two travel to Honduras annually for humanitarian trips.
It was 10 years ago when their mission team met Josué Fiallos, an established lawyer, who was able to help get their organization incorporated in Honduras.
What started as a partnership has grown to a lifelong friendship. When Fiallos and his wife, Catherine Aguilar, found out they were expecting their first child, they knew they wanted to deliver in America and chose a hospital where their “family” worked.
“I trusted Shelia and Dr. Branson and took their word on their new birth center,” says Fiallos. “I went to the Facebook page and just loved the pictures. I read all of the reviews. I did a lot of research on hospitals in New York and Florida, but the most important reason I chose TriStar Hendersonville was the level of care I knew Dr. Branson and Shelia would provide.”
Fiallos and Aguilar have seen these clinicians provide medical care every year in Honduras and are working together to help fund and build a hospital in their native country.
“Josué, Catherine and Josue’s family play a huge role in making it possible for the team to work in Honduras,” says Dr. Branson. “We could not do what we do without their help and support.”
“We try to provide any relief that we can,” says Kelly. “Access to healthcare in Honduras is a huge deal. And then if you even have access, it does not mean you can afford it. We take it for granted in America that we can drive to the store and buy vitamins or medication. You do not have that kind of access in Honduras.”
Aguilar, an emergency medicine physician in Honduras, was in awe of the difference between healthcare provided in America and back home.
“We don’t have birth suites like this,” says Aguilar. “We only have one type of room in our hospital for all of our patients, regardless of condition.”
The hospital that Catherine works at is one of the best in her country. However, she noted that technology is not as incorporated in the process. In her ER rooms, you will not find a computer or touch screen controls at the beside.
She also was impressed by the amount of patient education and thorough explanation around her care.
“Dr. Branson made me feel so safe! In any moment, no matter the hour, I could call him and I would know he would be there,” says Aguilar. “I had so many questions and everyone has been so helpful because they have always had answers for me. When I go back to Honduras, this is going to change the way I provide care.”
“I feel truly humbled and honored that Josué and Catherine chose the Birth Center at TriStar Hendersonville to have their first child,” says Dr. Branson. “It has indeed been a joy to be able to participate in the birth of Ema.”
Dr. Branson and Kelly are already working with the family planning their trip for January 2017.
This time, baby Ema will be there to meet them!