RIP Kandy Hyde

Sometimes, the fragility of life is shoved in our faces, and the injustice of someone so young being ripped away feels like a dagger plunged in the heart.

From what Facebook shows today, Kandy Hyde was one of those true noble souls who touched many, many lives and showed incredible bravery in the face of adversity. An FB post from her a week or so showed how tough she was.

I wasn’t lucky enough to have known Kandy. But I do know she fought hard. I know she’s left behind a husband and two young children. Our hearts goes out to them, and all of her friends and family, many of whom I do know.





Clinica Esperanza to Shut Its Doors After Today

Bogged down by red tape, Nurse Peggy can no longer operate the clinic


Unused and unlicensed: The upstairs of Nurse Peggy's clinic, waiting since March for approval to open

A press release issued by Nurse Peggy Stranges at 8:30 a.m. today:

“It is unfortunate that we are closing Clinica Esperanza on Monday. We have worked with the Ministry of Health since before March to acquire our license for the clinic without success. We also have a container with necessary equipment for the municipal hospital and Clinica Esperanza that has been here since April and has not been released. The Ministry of Health has been working on a dispensa for the container since February. We can no longer sit by idly while the people of Roatan suffer for these two pieces of paper.

I want to thank Julio Galindo and the Grant family for donating the land that made Clinica Esperanza a reality. I want to thank deputado Romeo Silvestri, Dr. Fermin Lopez and Mr. Clinton Everett for all their help in dealing with the license and the container

I am sorry for any inconvenience this causes our patients but we can no longer continue under the present circumstances.”

Hospital Nurse Peggy Opens in Style

Birthing center/maternity wing ready to go in Sandy Bay


Peggy Stranges, probably as close to a saint as our island can claim, looked like she was walking on air yesterday.

Understandable, if you check out the new upstairs at Clinica Esperanza, which betters any health care facility on Roatán.

Thursday afternoon’s dedication brought more than 100 supporters,  volunteers, and health care professionals to the ceremony, and when chairs from the clinic’s waiting room weren’t enough, churches donated the rest.

“I’m the pass-through person,” Peggy told the crowd, refusing to take any credit for completing the project. “This is a gift, and I’m passing it along to you.”

Smoke from grilled chicken and pork filled the air as Connie from Island Saloon slaved over hot coals.

Since it’s Roatán and microphones were in place, we sat through speeches. But they were self-effacing and funny, until Peggy told a story about a young mother who’d recently given birth.

At first things seemed fine, said Peggy. Then complications set in and the baby died Wednesday night, she told the crowd.

“I want to dedicate at least part of this new birthing center to Emily,” she said.

Peggy looked nervous all afternoon. She kept a smile on lock-down, probably because she knew if she let it loose she’d have a perma-grin. Five years she’s been working on this thing, but, in true Peggy fashion, she gave all the credit to everyone else.

“It’s not me,” she told the Reporter. “It’s all the people who believed in it. They’re doing it.”

And she stressed educating the community as the key to enhancing health care on Roatán.

“The clinic is a band-aid on an amputation,” she said, “without education.”

As Dr. Patrick Connell told the crowd, the standard of care on an island like Roatán may not match that in the U.S. “But the standard of caring is greater.”