From time to time I’ll share about each of the “kids” who we care for at the Mission.
Eddie was born August 26, 1990. He came to the Mission March 8, 1995. Less than a month after I first came down for the School of Discipleship. When he arrived little was known of his history, but little hints started to surface. It wasn’t until five or six years later that we finally learned his story.
Eddie was a pudgy round little guy. It was known when he arrived that he had cerebral palsy. But what wasn’t so evident was that he had suffered a broken arm that had grown back together at an angle, instead of being set straight. Nobody knew it until he would react whenever somebody would handle his arm. They took him to a doctor who determined what had happened. So the poor little guy came to a place that was supposed to spare him as much pain as possible, only to be subjected to having the doctors re-break his arm and then align it with two posts protruding out of his arm with a rod to keep it straight.
Nothing was known about his family. A few years later we got an inquiry from children services if we had Eddie in our facility, and that his mother was looking for him. Shortly thereafter she came for a visit with some of Eddie’s siblings. It was a very emotional reunion. Eddie is incapable of communication and generally doesn’t like people and prefers to be left alone. But when he saw his mother there did seem to be a level of connection that we haven’t seen with anyone else…EVER.
She proceeded to tell us that when Eddie was one year old she left to work in the U.S. for a year. When she came back her husband told her that Eddie had died. She never really believed her husbands version of the story, but she didn’t have any way of finding the truth. But a few years later her husband was drunk one night and revealed that he had given Eddie to family services. That is when she began looking for him. She visits when she can, but she has to travel to other parts of Mexico to find work, so sometimes years will pass between visits. That is a similar story for some of the other kids here.
Throughout the years he has endured other complications, making his cerebral palsy an incidental fact of life. Because he doesn’t use his muscles or put weight on his bones, his bones are fragile. He suffered a broken femur from a fall. He had to have emergency surgery to have his gallbladder removed and a hernia surgery. Although he gets therapy, his body has become contorted from lack of using his muscles. Understandably, with all he’s gone through he fusses and whines a lot when people have to do things for him. But, in spite of his general dislike of interaction, we challenge ourselves with finding the things he does like.
The Lord has used Eddie profoundly to show us how He persists in helping us in spite of our complaints and the times we want to reject His loving care and intervention. Please pray for a customized wheelchair for him.