The Patients of a Saint

The Patients of a Saint
A film by Gerard Straub
Running Time: 115 Min. © 2005

The Patients of a Saint

The Patients of a Saint

The Patients of a Saint is the story of an American doctor working in the high-tech world of a university hospital, who in 1983, felt compelled to abandon everything and enter the harsh world of extreme poverty and weakness in Peru. At first, Dr. Tony Lazzara worked in an adult clinic operated by Franciscan friars in Lima. Eventually his deep concern for poverty’s children prompted him to open his own clinic and home geared for the needs of destitute and sick kids. Today, the home: “Hogar de San Francisco de Asis”, houses children suffering from an array of illnesses and deformities. Dr. Tony absorbs all the costs. All housing, food, education, medical treatment and medication are offered free while a child is under his care.