She is 4 and a half years old. Tragically, she was shot in the right leg by her stepfather, who also broke her left leg. Sadly, her mother was also shot and unfortunately did not survive.
Maria was in the hospital for 5 weeks due to the injuries in her right leg. Her broken left leg recovered quickly, but her right leg is taking a bit longer to heal because the two bullets that hit her shattered some bones. When CWB arrived to the orphanage shelter where Maria now lives, we were able to deliver a wheelchair to help her move around.
One of the more emotional moments was when we were showing her how to use the wheelchair, and she discovered how to make “donuts” - circles in the chair. Maria started smiling - that was the first time the personnel in the orphanage saw her smile.
He is 7 years old and lives in the island of Bejuco in the gulf of Nicoya, the pacific of Costa Rica.
At 8 months old, he was with his father and mother on a motorcycle, which is the only mode of transportation on the island. He was sleeping in his mother’s arms when the blanket somehow got caught in the motorcycle wheel. Roberto fell from his mother’s arms and his arm was virtually severed. Due to loss of blood, Roberto almost lost his life. There is NO medical service on the island of Bejuco, and to get to a hospital they need to take hour and half oat ride. CWB has tried to help him with a prosthetic arm, but due to the unique nature of his injury, Roberto doesn't have a place to attach a prosthesis.
Today we are helping Roberto's mother stay in San Jose so he can have a surgery to correct his shoulder so that one day he might be able to use a prosthetic arm. Because he is so young, he will have at least two more surgeries before that area stops growing. CWB is continuing to help him with medications and therapy so he can get used to living without that arm.