LITTLE ROCK, AR - A young Honduran man now has a new lease on life thanks to the generosity of a Little Rock congregation, a local surgeon, and a local company that fitted him with a new arm among others.
On Saturday, February 18 the 26-year-old who is grateful for the help he has found here in the Natural State got to try out his new limb.
Picking things up is something Jesus Garcia hasn't been able to do for the past six years. A tragic train accident in Honduras left him without his arms but Saturday his world remarkably improved.
Jesus Garcia said, "It feels good. Thank the Lord…The last six years I have spent very sad…Sometimes there were moments I thought about taking my own life."
A ray of hope came when Sandee Haslauer, Hondura’s Mission director for Christ the King Church in Little Rock for the past eight years found out about Garcia and went to see him in Honduras. She made arrangements for him to go the church's mission when surgeons would be there last summer.
Haslauer said, "Our orthopedic surgeon Laurie Hughes saw Jesus and immediately got on the phone to see if Mike Horton would be interested in providing a prosthesis for Jesus."
That got the ball rolling, but they soon determined Garcia would have to travel to Arkansas to be fitted for his new arm and without a birth certificate getting him a visa was a challenge.
When they finally got through the red tape a Christ the King family donated frequent flier miles for Garcia and his caretaker, Dean Martin, to get here and the Little Rock Diocese pitched in to help fund the trip.
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