APROQUEN: A Hospital Burn Unit That Turns Tears Into Smiles
APROQUEN was founded in 1991 by Vivian Pellas who, along with her husband Carlos Pellas, survived one of the worst accidents in the history of Central American aviation. As Vivian was drifting between life and death while being transferred from the hospital in Tegucigalpa via air ambulance to the United States her father heard her mumbling, “I am going to build a burn unit for the children of Nicaragua.” In gratitude to God that it had been Carlos and Vivian and not their children that suffered the accident, that thought was transformed into a commitment APROQUEN was born in this moment.
Thanks to the vision and determination of Vivian, the APROQUEN Burn Center is strategically located adjacent to the “Metropolitan Hospital Vivian Pellas” for support of its operations. This world class center provides FREE comprehensive care to children afflicted with burns and those with cleft and lip palate in Nicaragua.
Mukul Resort is proud to work alongside APROQUEN by bringing awareness to their incredible efforts and encouraging visitors to Nicaragua to assist with turning tears into smiles.