At the beginning of December, we held 2 days of mobility clinics in Patzicía, a town in the department of Chimaltenango. We distributed a total of 21 wheelchairs, 6 walkers, and 4 canes to patients who came to these clinics.
Patzicía is also the hometown of Sandra Xico, one of our Guatemalan volunteers. She was instrumental in organizing these mobility clinics, procuring workspace, and referring patients to the clinics. You can read more about Sandra and how she got involved in Faith In Practice in our post Meet Sandra.
Here is a look at a few of the patients we served in Patzicía:
Angel is 8 years old. He was born with a malformed right leg. We gave him a pair of crutches to help him get around as we consider other options for supporting his mobility needs.
Alesandro contracted meningitis when he was only 11 months old. Meningitis affects the spinal cord and can cause long-term impairments. Alesandro is now 10 years old and he received a modified wheelchair at our clinic to help with his mobility needs.
10-year-old Reina had perinatal asphyxia as a newborn, which can cause brain damage. This condition made it difficult for her to walk. At our clinic, she received a wheelchair to give her more mobility.
To find out more about what happens at a mobility clinic, read Giving the Gift of Mobility.
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