Surgical success story

January 27, 2017 at 6:00 AM

A doctor from Clinica Medica San Lucas in Gracias, Lempira, Honduras, examines the healing in Ruben Hernandez's knee at a recent check-up.

(Editor’s note: Rev. Carlos Mendoza is the director of Clinica Medica San Lucas in Gracias, Honduras. His ministry specializes in the areas of physical, spiritual, economic and community health.)

Surgical success story

By Rev. Carlos Mendoza

This is the story of Ruben Hernandez, a 27-year-old native of the Gracias, Lempira, refugee community in Honduras. He works in farming to live and support his family.

One day as he came home, he had an accident on his motorcycle. He was unconscious with multiple fractures. He broke bones in his right shoulder, right wrist, right femur, and suffered a knee injury.

Someone helped him and took him to the Juan Manuel Gálvez Hospital of Gracias, Lempira. But because there was no specialist he was referred to the public hospital in the city of San Pedro Sula, four hours farther from his home.

He was here for three days, but received no medical attention so relatives brought him to a regional hospital a little closer to home.

At last, in this regional hospital, an operation was completed to restore the femur in his right leg, inserting metal and screws.

For 15 months he was incapacitated in his wheelchair and was not able to work and provide for his wife and three children. They had to depend on the aid his friends and Christian people who loaned him money to buy medicines to relieve the pain.

A friend gave him information about the orthopedic operations at Clinica Medica San Lucas. After evaluation, he underwent a surgery that lasted 12 hours.

A month later, Rubén came back to the clinic for a checkup and presented himself without a wheelchair.

Thanks to the kind hands of medical volunteers, Rubén is walking. He is grateful to God, the clinic and all those who made a miracle possible.

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