Jose has a new pair of legs. God brought people together to make this happen. Do not even imagine that any one of us was able to accomplish this miracle of our own accord.
Remember the famous photo taken from when astronauts way out in space looked back and took a photo of the earth?
Similarly Jose was somewhere on that planet earth. A tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny speck with few persons knowing that he even existed way, way out in the tiny locale of Juleque, Peten, Guatemala. But God knew.
To get new legs for Jose. God allowed Dr. Gary Collins and Jose to meet. Jose, who is missing both legs below the knees and both arms below the elbows, traveled on horseback to a clinic held by SewHope where he met Dr. Gary Collins. Jose had a pair of prostheses for legs, but he was rapidly outgrowing them. Dr. Gary could not provide legs for Jose, but he did remember him. Dr. Gary reminded SewHope to continue to work with Jose.
To get new legs for Jose, God allowed Dr. John Lane and Jose to meet. Dr. John came to Guatemala in mid-December 2012. He traveled to El Cartucho where we had agreed to meet up with Jose who really lives 30 minutes further out on a long and lonely rocky road. Dr. John took casts and measurements of Jose's leg stumps. Dr. John will never forget Jose.
To get new legs for Jose, God allowed Mike B of Hanger Prosthetics to agree to make the limbs and donate them to Jose. Mike B, I hope that someday you will have the honor and privilege of meeting Jose. If you do not meet on earth, I am convinced that you will meet in heaven.
To get shoes for the new legs for Jose, Dave's Running Shoes donated a pair of tennis shoes that fit wonderfully at the base of the new limbs. Jose's old shoes would completely wear out after 6 weeks of use. These new shoes still look brand new! If there is a marathon in heaven, Jose will be running with the generous folks of Dave's Running Shoes.
To get new legs for Jose, God allowed the new legs to arrive two days before Dr. Coral Matus led the next trip to Guatemala. The legs were carried along with great expectation. Dr. Coral and Dr. Gary were able to fit the limbs to Jose and to instruct him and his mother on the incremental use of them so as to prevent sores and blisters from developing.
Yesterday, Ismael, Orfe, Anita and I drove all the way to Jose's house to see how he was doing with his new legs. His smile was radiant (as it always is)! He walked over to each of us on his new legs and gave us a big hug. Jose reports that he has no pain from the new limbs. Upon inspection of his stumps, we found no sores and no blisters. Jose's mother reports that Jose is using the new legs for half of the day. Jose has grown several inches with the new legs and is now just a wee bit taller than his twin sister! Jose is a bit wobbly when he stands as his center of gravity adjusts ot the new height, but he walks with ease. Jose and his twin sister, Soyla, are ten years old and are in the third grade.
God, the Father of Jesus, thank you for bringing so many together in the name of your son Jose. Thank you for allowing so many to say yes to you by coming to Guatemala and for providing a needed limb and shoe. Help us to continue to say yes to your daily call.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012