Hearts overflowing with joy and welcoming smiles all around us is the easiest way to describe the setting last Friday evening at the home of the nuns in Coapilla when, after our first day of clinic, our team met Don Layo to give him the gift of a lifetime: a new prosthetic arm.
Almost 3 years ago, MDP started working on a project to obtain Don Layos prosthetic arm. Thanks to the collaboration of MDP Board members and volunteers, and a very specially thanks to the kind donation of Prosthetic Laboratories of Mankato, we have witnessed the culmination of a project that has filled us all with tremendous joy, pride and humbleness at the same time.
Don Layo, a 49 year old widower and father of a 5 year old and 3 year old little girls, and a painter by trade lost his left arm while working as an electrician in Cancun, 15 years ago.
After numerous emails, calls, an arm mold that travelled from Chiapas to Minnesota last February and a prosthesis prototype that travelled from Minnesota to Chiapas and back last October, we were finally able to deliver the finished arm to Don Layo. This life changing gift is a tangible proof that generosity and good will do indeed reach across countries and cultures if we only allow God to do the work through us. We remain forever grateful for the experience.
PS -A note from Helen. Without Lia, this would not have happened. Lia is too humble to say this, but since I am the editor I can tell this. She was the spark plug and fearless advocate for Don Layos who worked tirelessly on this special project.