EL SALVADOR: Benefactor

Near starvation, her face twisted in pain, seven-year-old Maria was brought to San Salvador's Hospital Benjamin Bloom just in time. While her mother, a poor Indian woman, waited outside, the doctors made an examination. Then Chief Surgeon Carlos Chamorro operated, removed an orange-sized ovarian tumor from the child.

Last week, in a sunny ward of the two-story children's hospital, Maria was getting a new look at life. For the first time she slept between sheets, drank milk. For the first time she ate three square meals a day. She had all the medicines she needed; her teeth had been checked and...