The Sisters of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Community, has visited the sick in the hospital Luis Vernaza, of the Junta de Beneficencia de Guayaquil, for over 400 years.
They are five sisters, nurse practitioners (some retired), carrying the spiritual medicine to patients in critical areas: emergency, ICU (intensive care unit), surgery and burns.
Although some are very old, they retain the agility and predisposition for climbing and descending the stairs of the hospital and go from end to end.
The nuns dedicate more to the spiritual part, to socialize the word of God to the sick, to listen to their problems, trying to help the indigent patients or those with economic difficulties and help them to comply with the sacraments.
The work of the sisters start at 5:30 in the morning with the distribution of the holy water (aromatic water and bread), distributed to the families of the sick, who stays at the hospital to ensure the health of their relatives; and ends at 19:00 with the Eucharist.