Patient Story: Jose Luis Solizor

Sometimes we encounter patients through means other than mobile clinics. This is the case of José Luis Solizor, a 26-year-old who, like many in Peru, works hard for his family. More than anything he has two important goals; work to support his sick mother, and be reunited with his younger sisters in Lima, whom he had been separated from through bad circumstances. Yet in an instant his goals became jeopardized. While working as a truck driver a terrible accident left José Luis with a serious spinal injury, resulting in loss of mobility of his legs. He was in critical condition when he arrived in his native region of Pichanaquí, Ucayali, to receive surgery. Unfortunately the operation was unsuccessful and he required immediate transfer to Lima, where he could receive further care. 


His family was determined to take action, and the efforts of his loving and devoted mother were pivotal in changing José Luis’s life. Despite having health problems of her own, Sonia Arrostegui, José Luis’s mother, did everything in her power to transfer her son to the capital where he could receive the care he needed. 

 In August of 2013, Sonia was at the Rehabilitation Center of Chorrillos trying to get an appointment for her son. MEDLIFE staff present were told about the case from other patients, and approached Sonia to learn more about her son.MEDLIFE began to help José Luis in many capacities, including providing him with medication to treat infections in his digestive and urinary systems, problems resulting from the accident. 


Despite many obstacles this story has a happy ending. After six months of navigating formalities, José Luis has access to the Adriana Rebaza Rehabilitation Center where, after various exams, doctors determined that after four months of treatment the likelihood of regaining mobility in his legs was very high. MEDLIFE continues to support José Luis with food specific to his dietary needs, transportation, and payment for treatment. 

Our goal is to see José Luis walking again, returning to work, and reuniting with his family. Until then, MEDLIFE will continue to provide support for him.


Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.