Victory Over Their Stories

Feb 16, 2017

Steph Duff

“Victor will never sit up on his own.” Over a year ago, these words echoed off the walls of the doctor’s office as Back2Back Mazatlán staff and caregivers processed what they’d just heard. After a surgery, months of recovery, and hope for change in young Victor’s body, they were receiving the news they hadn’t wanted.

Flash forward to August of 2016. Victor and the other children served at Rancho de los Niños began receiving one-on-one time with a physical therapist. Change was coming.

“For the last six months, Victor has been working with a physical therapist,” explains Ramon Balderrama, Back2Back staff. “We can see pieces of progress everyday.”

In December of 2016, Victor sat up for 15 seconds, without any support.

Six months ago, the majority of Victor’s time was spent lying down, with limited mobility, but his time with a physical therapist is allowing growth to become a part of his story. “We see him getting stronger everyday,” says Ramon. “He is expressing a desire to move around more; we are hopeful for continued progress for Victor.”

Steph Duff is a writer, daughter, sister, and really loud laugher. By day she lends her voice on behalf of orphaned and vulnerable children with Back2Back Ministries. By night she is readily found with her nose in a book and spending time with her dachshund, Addy. At all hours, she can be found consuming copious amounts of coffee. She feels most herself in the heat of India and prefers her mugs big, her books long, and her words intentional.

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