Pictures of Pedro

December 11, 2008 — 1 Comment

Last week, from Guatemala, I told you the following story:

Yesterday, I was on a team running a medical clinic in a local village.  We saw about 40 patients in sweltering conditions.

Dr. Chris Kennedy–a family physician from Greeley–saw a little boy towards the end of the day.  The little boy looked sad, tired, and listless.  He moved very slowly and we couldn’t get him to smile.  His mother said that he never played with his friends.

Dr. Kennedy quickly diagnosed the boy with a severe case of asthma.  The Dr. figured that Pedro (the boy) was only using about 1/3 of one lung to breathe.  He had learned to control his movements and emotions to save his air.  It was a very serious situation.  The boys’ life was in danger.

Dr. Kennedy called back to the hospital and asked them to bring a nebulizer and some meds “stat.” 

The team from Journey Christian Church (my church :)) had arranged for 2 nebulizers to be donated.  A nebulizer is a breathing machine that offers breathing treatments.

After the machine arrived, Dr. Kennedy taught the boy’s mother how to use the machine (she has power in her home) and let the boy have one treatment.

The transformation was amazing!!!!!

Within 20 minutes of his treatment the boy was smiling and starting to play a little bit.  

We all couldn’t stop praising God for giving Dr. Kennedy a chance to change–and save–this little boy’s life.

Now, here are the pictures of sweet little Pedro.

Here he is before his first treatment.  Notice the sadness in his eyes.

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Here he is receiving his treatment from Dr. Kennedy.

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Here he is 20 minutes after his treatment.  He’s smiling!  Praise God!

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One response to Pictures of Pedro

  1. 

    This was a touching story. My son has asthma, too. But since he lives in America and has access to health care, he is in great shape. Will Pedro have everything he needs until the next medical mission trip?

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