Two years ago, our Surgical Outreach Program director in Ecuador, Dr. Jorge Palacios, introduced us to a bright, charismatic little boy named Luis Fernando. While playing at home a couple of years earlier, Luis Fernando had fallen into a pot of boiling liquid, severely burning his entire right arm and hand.
Without access to proper care for his burn injuries, he developed debilitating burn scar contractures that fused his arm to his torso and pulled his hand down onto his forearm. It wasn't until Dr. Palacios traveled to Luis Fernando's hometown of Loja in southern Ecuador two years later that the little boy was able to get the treatment he needed. Dr. Palacios surgically repaired the contractures on his armpit and elbow to release his arm from his torso. Unable to surgically repair everything at once, Dr. Palacios was able to see Luis Fernando again earlier this year to repair the contracture on his hand.
Now seven years old, Luis Fernando has full use of his arm and is regaining functionality in his hand. Full of personality and confidence, Dr. Palacios says he was never afraid to face surgery and that he is now "a star" at his school.
Stories like Luis Fernando's perfectly illustrate the amazing impact of reconstructive surgery in the developing countries where we work. Thank you for your support as we work to renew health and dreams of thousands of children and adults like Luis Fernando each year.