After 16 surgeries to give him his “awesome life,” Erickson now wants to give back by helping other children awaiting surgery.
My name is Erickson, I’m 13 years old, and if I do say so myself, I’m a pretty awesome kid!
You see, I was born with three arms, two of them on one side of my body. You might think having an extra arm would be a good thing, but it wasn't. Both arms didn’t work like my other arm, and because I looked so different than other boys my age, it was hard.
There were no doctors in my small village in the mountains of Guatemala, so my mom eventually took me to see a doctor in Guatemala City. Even though that doctor couldn’t help me, he told my parents about World Pediatric Project.
That’s the moment my life changed.
Once in the care of World Pediatric Project, I quickly learned a lot. I learned there were only one or two others in the whole world who had been born with a third arm. I also soon learned I had another, much more serious condition called “congenital scoliosis” which means the bones in my back were growing wrong, causing my body to twist more and more with each passing year. And a tethered spinal cord was making pain shoot through my legs and to lose strength. The WPP doctors in St. Louis told my mom without surgery, my chest would eventually crush my lungs and I wouldn’t be able to breathe. The tethered cord could leave me paralyzed.
I’ve had a total of 16 surgeries including one which had never been done before to combine my two arms into one. All the other surgeries were needed to correct my spine. Now, I can do almost everything I want just like other kids my age. I love to ride bikes, fly remote control planes, go fishing and play soccer.
My life is so awesome because of the love and care of so many people. And, most everyone who helped me started as strangers from a different country. Now, they are not strangers, they’re my family…..my World Pediatric Project family!
I don’t want to think about what my life would be like without World Pediatric Project. What’s most important is doing the best I can in my life. My dream is to help other kids who, like me, need medical care not available to them in their home country.
Will you help make this dream come true of healing other kids like me? My goal is to raise $50,000 to help dozens of other kids who are awaiting WPP’s help for surgery. You can learn more about my story and how to help by visiting my web page http://wpp.to/DreamTeam.
Thank you for making a forever difference in my life and other kids as well.
From a pretty awesome kid, - Erickson
Will you join Erickson’s “Dream Team” to heal other children awaiting lifesaving care?
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