Aug. 5, 2014/ A Mother at Shriner’s Boston

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What has a month in Boston looked like for two Burundians? It has been an absolute whirlwind of doctor visits, treatments, new friends, culture shock, and new places for both Alex and Leonidas. They have had some ups and downs, but are praising God each and every time I speak with them.

After Alex and Leonidas arrived in Boston, they went through a series of doctor visits to check out the current medical status of Leonidas. These tests revealed Leonidas had come down with MRSA at some point in the last year and was not able to immediately undergo another reconstructive surgery. MRSA is a type of staph infection that is very resistant to many types of antibiotics. It can sometimes be very difficult to treat due to its level of resistance. This time in recovery was spent staying in a nearby hotel and staying with friends. Alex and Leonidas took the rest he needed, but were also able to explore some of the greater Boston area together.

The medical team at Shriners’ Boston put Leonidas on a treatment plan that worked to quickly eradicate the MRSA in his body. Within a few weeks, the first surgery was back on! The first surgery to finish the eyelid reconstruction was successful. Leonidas was full of energy and back to life very soon after the surgery was finished.

As you can imagine, it has been very full-on for Alex! Keeping up with an energetic four year old on your own, in a new country, has its challenges! Thankfully, they have been making lots of new friends along the way. How couldn’t they? With an amazing story of God’s provision, people want to know more about these two guys from the small African country most haven’t even heard of, let alone visited.

The next surgery will happen in a few days time. Please be praying for miraculous results! Thank you so much for all of your love and support during this time.

Ladd Serwat

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