Otilia Sorto Fuentes. Salvadoran helping children at the Hospital Benjamin Bloom.

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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

Translation: “Today at Bloom Hospital delivering the vitamins to: Brittany, Juan Pablo, Emely and Keetlyn, Thank you very much to all who make it possible for these vitamins to reach children.”

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.

“Otilia has a dedication to service and kindness, but she lacks resources. This Salvadoran resident of Oklahoma, United States, returns to the country every year to deliver Christmas baskets and serve low-income families.”
Santiago Leiva

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.

Translation: “This little photo was accompanied by a voice message; she was a very grateful girl. Ultimately, she told me that she could feel her feet did and couldn’t walk. But despite everything, we were happy that soon we were going to meet and carry out the projects; I will miss you.”

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.