Keyler is six years old and lives in Nicaragua’s capital city of Managua. Keyler’s life has been filled with tragedy and hardship, even before birth. He had a twin brother who died in utero, and Keyler was born with Cerebral Palsy. His parents cannot afford quality medical care, and they understand very little about his condition. Keyler’s mother sadly said, “The only thing I’ve known and have been told is that he will never walk.”
For most of his life, Keyler has been unable to leave the house where he lives with his mother, his father, and his grandmother. He could not go to church or to school – even though the nearest school is just a quarter-mile from his home. Until recently, the only way for Keyler to go anywhere was to be pushed in a baby stroller. Just imagine what that must have felt like for a six-year-old boy.
Earlier this year, Keyler’s mother heard of a local pastor who was distributing wheelchairs to people in need. She was hesitant but decided to ask for a wheelchair. She said, “At first, I was embarrassed to ask for help, but my son’s need is bigger than my embarrassment.”
Now, Keyler has a wheelchair, and it has given him hope for the future. With his new wheelchair, Keyler is able to attend kindergarten. The gift of mobility has provided him with the gift of an education.
Keyler’s mother expressed her heartfelt gratitude on behalf of her son and their entire family: “I’d like to thank God and everyone for giving my son a wheelchair. It is a gift from heaven.”
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