Katerin P., age 11, is one of five patients you helped send to Tegucigalpa to receive help from Operation Rainbow, the annual orthopedic mission.
Katerin has suffered with a club foot her entire life. She dreams of being able to walk like other children. Her mom knew they would never be able to afford the surgery to have it fixed.
The family lives in Vallecito which is more than 8 hours from the children’s hospital and could not afford the transportation for initial visits. Even if they were able to get an appointment, they knew they would have to wait years until the surgery would be scheduled. Surgeries in Honduras are scheduled in order of priority – and a club foot is not a priority.
But nine months after she was first referred by a mission clinic provider, Katerin’s dream has come true! She is on her way to walking and running like her friends.
Her first surgery last week is only the beginning. Katerin will have to travel to Tegucigalpa in 5 weeks to remove the cast and get a splint. The transportation cost will be at least $200 and the polyethylene splint will cost $488.
Your gift to the Medical Referral Program NOW will help provide these desperately needed funds. Katerin’s family, and the families of all our referral patients, contribute all they can to help their children. But many families are living on less than $50 per week and cannot afford the cost of medical care.