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Our Nurse of the Week is Sally Herman, 56, a nurse from Mesa, AZ who has helped hundreds of children through her work with non-profit, Operation Smile.

Herman reports that she grew up feeling like the underdog. Her parents worked hard to correct Herman’s crossed eyes, which she was frequently bullied for as a child.

Herman tells abc15.com, “I always thought if I could make it through school and get my nurse’s degree, I’m going to make sure kids have a life and don’t have to worry about deformities.”

After finishing nursing school, Herman began her career in Illinois before moving to Arizona and landing a job as an air rescue nurse. Unfortunately, her dream job was cut short when she was laid off 6 months later. That’s when she realized that she really wanted to work with Operation Smile, and allowed her layoff to bring her back to her childhood goal.

Since then, Herman has traveled the world and completed 50 trips with Operation Smile, a non-profit that provides safe medical treatment to kids with cleft palates in underprivileged countries. Each trip lasts around ten days, and during each trip Herman and her fellow volunteers fix hundreds of cleft palates, providing life-changing results for their patients.

Herman is currently back to work as an air rescue nurse, but she still volunteers regularly. To learn more about Sally Herman, a nurse from Mesa, AZ who has helped hundreds of children through her work with non-profit, Operation Smile, visit here.

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