This was the beginning of a life-long friendship between Sebastian, his family, and GSF.
Sebastian and his family stole our hearts in 2009 – and they’ve been an important part of GSF ever since.
The boy’s family came late to the Guayaquil mission that year – long after screening and scheduling was complete. Only one day of surgeries remained. The team explained to Sebastian’s mother that they would be shutting down the ORs in the morning, there was no more time for another patient. She explained that her baby boy needed this surgery; they had all come a long way and couldn’t go home now. Clearly, the team realized, this woman wasn’t leaving until her son was treated. They squeezed him into the schedule.
This was the beginning of a life-long friendship between Sebastian, his family, and GSF. Each year they come back to the Guayaquil mission to see the team members, take advantage of follow-up care, and additional surgeries to repair his cleft palate and bone grafting. He and his family are so thankful for the help they received, they generously give back whenever they can. Even though the earthquake that shook Ecuador in April 2016 devastated their community, Sebastian and his dad helped to distribute food and water – and even sacrificed some of their own provisions to share with those who were without.
Again and again we are privileged to care for special families like Sebastian’s. They are the precious gifts that keep us coming back, again and again.