Receiving the Care He Needs

Aug 2, 2018

Steph Duff

Thirteen-year old Luis Fernando limped to a spot in the grass to rest. His foot was hurting, but he hadn’t twisted it. He went to his caregivers with concern in his voice. “My foot is hurting badly; I can’t walk on it, but I don’t know what’s wrong.”

After looking at his foot, caregivers realized he had developed a fungus. They applied necessary creams, hopeful it would treat the pain, and Luis Fernando could get back to his favorite activities.

“The fungus just continued to get worse as the week went on,” explained Adina Bailey, Mama Paulita’s Children’s Home staff. “He went from limping to not being able to stand on it at all.” Luis Fernando took one more day to apply cream and keep his foot elevated, hopeful to be playing soccer again soon. “When it didn’t improve, we called doctors in the area,” said Adina.

Staff at Mama Paulita’s Children’s Home found a foot doctor who specialized in treating fungi and athlete’s foot. Luis Fernando was prescribed an antibiotic and a foot cream, and was told to rest until his foot was healed.

It wasn’t long before Luis Fernando was back on the soccer field with his friends, playing his favorite game. Generous monthly giving like your sponsorship dollars allow children like Luis Fernando to receive necessary medical treatment when it’s needed. Not only is his foot feeling better, he is back to doing exactly what he loves.

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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