Though he hasn’t been able to leave the hospital, Enrique has been given a laptop with Internet access, several phone cards to stay in touch with family, and Coppock said some nurses have even lent him their cell phones.
One highlight has been Enrique’s first chance to see snow.
“We took in a cup of snow to him to let him see,” said nurse Debbie Burke. “And then I made a snow ball and threw it at him. He gave me a little grin and threw it back.... He just kept saying ‘snow beautiful, snow beautiful.’
“He’s just a wonderful person is all I can say,” she said. “I think one of the girls said it best when she said she’d just like to bundle him up and take him home with her.”
Doctors are working to get a prosthetic leg donated for Enrique, and they aren’t exactly sure how many more weeks he’ll need to stay in the U.S.
“I’m grateful for all of the hospital administration and Dr. Belhasen,” Chad Eustis said. “I think it’s pretty cool. It brings out the best in people... It’s been a real privilege for me to be part of this. It feels good. It’s so different from regular healthcare...It’s like I get to be a missionary here.”
Eustis said he admires Enrique’s courage in coming to alone to have operation.
“I just think he’s incredibly brave,” he said. “He’s got a great attitude and great outlook...he’s really inspiring to me.”
Enrique is grateful for the care he’s received, but is constantly battling homesickness. The teen said he has never been away from his close-knit family before. Not only was the trip to America expensive, but obtaining a visa is difficult as well and he had to travel alone. Enrique said his father is a construction worker and his mother is a dress maker. Enrique is the oldest of four children — he has a younger brother and two younger sisters who are twins.