Otilia Sorto Fuentes is a Salvadoran living in the US whose life mission is to help children with kidney failure at the Benjamin Bloom Hospital in San Salvador.
Otilia was born in the small town of Corinto in the department of Morazan, El Salvador and now resides in Oklahoma City, USA.
In life, many of us get to meet remarkable individuals who spend much of their time helping others. In my opinion, Otilia Sorto Fuentes, of Iris Violeta Foundation, is one of those persons.
I first met Otilia on twitter about seven months ago; I am not exactly sure how we end up messaging each other, but we did. That day our online friendship began.
Since then, I have gotten to know more about her, and as of right now, I consider her a friend with whom I hope to have a cup of coffee someday.
Over the short amount of time that I know her, I have learned about the sacrifices she makes to help kids at the Bloom hospital.
For example, during the pandemic, she would stay up all night, making sure all the kids had transportation to receive their treatments.
As we all probably know, because of the pandemic, public transportation came to a halt in El Salvador. Many parents use public transportation to get their kids to the Bloom Children’s Hospital and receive treatment.
Obviously, this was a stressful time for the parents of these kids that now needed to find private transportation to get to the hospital.
During these difficult times, Otilia was there, sometimes all night, helping as much as she could to make sure all of the kids had the transport they desperately needed.
This is one of the many things she has done this year. She also has giving vitamines on a monthly bases to these kids. Furthermore, she was able to get new wheelchairs for many kids who need it.
She has been able to do all this, thanks to the donations made to her foundation. You can learn more about the foundation by visiting their official site. www.FundacionIrisVioleta.org
Hoy en el Hospital Bloom entregando las vitaminas a: Britany, Juan Pablo, Emely y Keetlyn, Muchisimas gracias a todos los que hacen posible que estas vitaminas lleguen a los niños.@OptimusPrime65 @RebeldeVerito @Morenasa021 @GuanacoRebane @AlbertMSaade pic.twitter.com/oCfKWtozXD
— Otilia fuentes. (@otiliafuentes) September 21, 2020
Helping others is a way of life for some people.
I have tremendous respect for those individuals, like Otilia, who think of others as much as they do for themselves.
Helping others is nothing new for Otilia; she has been doing it since she was a teenager.
Santiago Leiva, a renowned Salvadoran reporter, wrote the following about Otilia in 2019.
You can read Santiago Leiva’s article by clicking here; the report is in Spanish.
Caring for others, especially children with kidney disease, is something that Otilia has been doing for years. This takes its toll emotionally as sometimes these children lose the battle.
Even though I have never met Otilia in Person, I can sense that when things don’t work out as planned, she feels the pain.
This past week, one of these children lost the battle. Evelyn was a kid that Otilia was involved with. I know for a fact that she feels the pain of not having her with us anymore.
Esta fotito venia acompañada de un mensaje de voz, era una niña muy agradecida.
Ultimamnete solo me decia que sus pies no los sentia que no podia caminar, pero a pesar de todo estabamos contentas de que pronto nos ibamos a concoer y llevar a cabo los proyectos, te voy a extrañar pic.twitter.com/2p2hPPhAWr
— Otilia fuentes. (@otiliafuentes) September 23, 2020
Giving thanks to Otilia for what she does.
I am writing about Otilia as a way of saying thanks for everything that shes has done and will continue to do. I can only imagine that it is not easy doing what she does.
If you want to help me give thanks to Otilia, please share this article so more people know about her, her foundation, and what she does.
You can also visit her twitter or Facebook profile and leave her a short message, Facebook, @Sotiliafuentes, or @fundacion_iris. Also, you can visit the foundation’s website (www.FundacionIrisVioleta.org) and learn more about her and what she does.