Just one blog post cannot do justice in summing up everything that happens over a week’s time in a foreign country. There is so much to tell about this year’s visit, but there is some really great news you need to read about first.
Over a year-and-a-half ago, young Marlon Sanchez fell from a tree and pulled his leg from his hip. Surgeries at the local hospital were unsuccessful. Last year, Jim Johnston and others from the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club met young Marlon and his family and decided to do whatever they could to help. When returning home, Jim Johnston made contact with Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and their surgical staff about helping this child. Just recently, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and their surgical staff volunteered to perform the much needed surgery on Marlon.
Marlon is now six years old. Yesterday, he and his mother Maria, boarded a plane in Tegucigalpa, Honduras headed to Nashville, accompanied by Jim Johnston and other members of the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club! The surgery will take one day, followed by a week in the hospital, and then six weeks of rehab before they are able to return to their native Honduras. There will be many expenses incurred during this procedure and visit, so if you would like to help, please contact the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club at 931.762.7917 or 931.762.4678.
Can you remember the first time you ever saw an airplane? What about flush toilets and hot/cold running water? Electric stoves? Elevators? The list goes on. Marlon and his mother, Maria, will be seeing many things for the first time in their lives. They will have no choice but to be overwhelmed, if not somewhat frightened with the experience that awaits them. Please keep them in your prayers, and while you’re at it, say a prayer of thanks for Jim Johnston and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital for making this life-changing surgery a reality for Marlon and his family.
Take a look at the above scenes from southern Honduras. These scenes are not of the actual village where Marlon lives, but scenes we encountered during the 2013 electrical project performed by the Rotary Club of Spring Hill & Thompson Station.