Epsp and Hiro

Big Things Come in Small Packages (the story of Espie)

They say good things come in small packages.  Well in this case, big things come in small packages with big hearts!  And that is what Esperanza Nieto is.  Although very petit in size, Esperanza (Espy) has a big heart of gratitude for the care her husband received while a patient at Mercy Hospital Southwest in the Med/Surg department.

Almost a year ago, Espy received a letter from the Friends of Mercy Foundation inviting her and her husband, Hiro to consider an estate gift.  As the letter was being delivered, Hiro passed away.  He had been ill and Espy had cared for him as a loving wife of 10 years would.  She spent many hours at his bedside at Mercy Hospital Southwest.  She was always appreciative of what she described as such “kindness” to Hiro when sometimes, because of his illness and discomfort, he may not have been the easiest patient.  Yet, as she described the care he received, she shed tears of gratitude for the gentle touch and kind words that were always there for her dear Hiro.

After he died, she found the letter from the Friends of Mercy Foundation in her mailbox.  She opened it and although not interested in making an estate gift, Espy did want to do something that would honor her husband.  She called the Foundation office and spoke with Stephanie Weber about how she could place Hiro’s name on “those beautiful donor walls” in the lobby of Mercy Southwest.  After she and Stephanie spoke, it was agreed that Espy would think about it, talk to her advisors, and make a decision if she could afford to make a gift to qualify as a Founders Circle member (a minimum of $10,000).  Espy was not a wealthy person.  She was left enough to live comfortably, but she felt compelled to do something “big” that would leave a legacy for Hiro and express her love for him.

A few months later, Stephanie received a call from Espy telling her she was ready to make a gift. This is the part about “big things come in small packages”. The petite and soft spoke Espy arrived in the Foundation office with a check for $10,000 to honor her Hiro.  Espy met with Stephanie, the Med/Surg Nurse Manager and the Manager of the Lab (both had been part of Hiro’s care) and shared her story about how she and Hiro met, their marriage, and most importantly, the kindness she felt from everyone who touched her beloved husband in his final days on earth.  The pride in Espy’s eyes when she handed over her check was what the Friends of Mercy Foundation is all about – people expressing gratitude for care they or their loved one received from our caregivers.  We may have shown Hiro and Espy kindness, but their giving expressed the purest form of kindness and will be treasured for years to come.