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January 19, 2009

‘God is at work in this’

Local doctors provide free care to teen from Honduras

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“The miracle continues!” Chad Eustis wrote. “...I am humbled and amazed at how quickly so many barriers have been overcome. Surely, God is at work in this.”

The Eustises arrived back in Kentucky on Dec. 10.

“Between the 10th (of December) and the 5th of January, a lot of things had to occur,” Coppock said. “We had to write letters to the United States Consulate in Tegucigalpa saying we were willing to donate this care as part of our charity program... The U.S. government had to grant him a medical visa... There were folks from Hal Rogers office that got involved, simply to say... these are real people, they’re not trying to pull anything over anybody.”

Enrique’s medical visa was granted on Dec. 30. He flew out of Honduras on Sunday, Jan. 4. and arrived in Corbin early in the morning Jan. 5.

“He was very badly infected, his left femur had a significant amount of infection that, if it had gone on much longer, would have been life threatening, I think,” Coppock said. “He was happy as a lark when we got him and I thought, ‘he doesn’t even look sick,’ but in fact when they started work on his leg, it was really bad.”

Enrique was in danger of becoming septic, a potential fatal turn meaning the infection would have entered his bloodstream.

So far, Enrique has endured multiple surgeries in the U.S. under the care of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Keith Belhasen, including an above the knee amputation on his left leg. Though doctors are pleased with his progress, they aren’t sure exactly how many weeks Enrique will remain in Corbin — not that the hospital staff minds.

“Our nurses have fallen in love with him,” Coppock said. “...He has been a delight, and I think everyone has felt part of a miracle, truly, that this man in Honduras, that comes from humble resources, had a broken leg. Can you imagine dying from a broken leg? Because he wasn’t able to get care quick enough? And that was the route he was on, had there not been a physician missionary and his wife visit Honduras and say we can do something about this.”

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