Laura Kyriss: Where Is She Now?
“I find myself often wondering why I was so lucky to have been born here with all these opportunities and great things, while other women were not so lucky.”
The reason Laura chose to volunteer with CMMB is rather simple. She believes in the vision and mission that drives us as an organization. When asked about what she learned from her time with CMMB, she says she has learned to be more thankful for everything she has. Overall, she believes that her time in Kenya has made her a better nurse – she has become more empathetic, especially with patients who are unable to communicate their challenges and needs.
In terms of favorite moments and memories, there are many. But Laura reflects fondly on a particular moment, during which she helped to deliver two healthy babies for a mother in Kenya. However, what made this moment so special was the fact that one of these babies was a surprise! This mother was pregnant with twins and only found out after she gave birth to one! Usually, during the delivery of twins, there is always another doctor on hand, in case things get complicated. In Kenya, it was just Laura who remembers this moment vividly – “everything moved quickly.” She prayed to God the entire time, and before she knew it she had delivered two healthy babies.
As you can tell, Laura left an impact on the people she worked with and served while in Mutomo. Jesse Kihuha, the CHAMPS coordinator for CMMB in Mutomo spoke fondly of what it was like having Laura there. He shared, “Laura was a blessing to the mission of CMMB, to Mutomo Mission Hospital, and to Kenya. We hope she will come back one day.”
Where is she now?
Laura has certainly been busy. Shortly after returning home, Laura was accepted into the highly competitive Nurse-Midwifery program at the University of Minnesota – ranked fourth in the country!
Laura was recently honored by Nurses with Global Impact at the second annual International Nurses Day at the United Nations on May 11, 2018. This day honors nurses who work in front line roles! All of us at CMMB are so proud to have her as part of our family. Unfortunately, inclement weather led to the cancellation of her flight and she didn’t make it to the ceremony! Although disappointed, Laura said: “I’m very honored to be recognized and I feel there are many deserving nurses out there that I am lucky enough to work alongside. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to go to Kenya and work with some truly amazing people.”