'I feel completely filled:" Upstate nurse heads to Guatemala to volunteer

Courtesy: Susan Thomas

A nurse at Upstate University Hospital is continuing her trend of giving back.

Susan Thomas is described as a selfless woman by the people around her. She invests her time in others, whether it's as a nurse in labor and delivery at Upstate's Community Campus or a volunteer in Guatemala.

"When I go there, I don't really think about the paycheck because there isn't one and you are bonding with those people who really need your help," Thomas explained.

She's getting ready for her eighth trip to Guatemala in just two years.

For one week, Susan will spend long and demanding days in the medical clinic assisting in dozens of surgeries each day for those who can't afford it.

"We do cleft lips, cleft pallets, we have done a lot of hernias men, women and children and we have done some gallbladders," Thomas added.

No matter how tiring the work can be, she said it's made a true impact on her life.

"I feel completely filled to the brim with joy that I actually got to be a part of helping somebody," Thomas said.

Changing lives one trip at a time while developing an amazing bond with the children, men and women she continues to help.

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