St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Jan 15, 2015
When 17-year-old Nehemuel Garcia played soccer, his back hurt. And the sight of him shirtless saddened his mother because she thought she couldn’t do anything to help him.
The family in the Dominican Republic could not afford surgery to remedy their son’s scoliosis. But because of the Pediatric Orthopedic Project Inc., a nonprofit organization based in St. Louis, a volunteer surgeon operated on Garcia in June of last year.
Now 18, he is not only more confident physically, but socially.
Translated from Spanish, his mom Eunice Lopez Garcia said, “Right now it’s like a dream. He’s very happy.”
Since 2012 the Pediatric Orthopedic Project has operated on 25 impoverished children in Santiago to alleviate their scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. And Dominican surgeons, trained by the organization’s volunteers, have operated on 52 more.