Juan Villanueva is a 10-year-old sponsored boy from our Fatima sponsor site in Bolivia.
Back in 2015, while walking home from school, he was hit by a vehicle resulting in a severe fracture to his leg. The driver did not have any insurance and, although he was subsequently arrested as a result of the incident, Juan's family was left to pay for the costs of his medical treatment.
Due to the severity of the injury, amputation was considered at one point and Juan has undergone five operations. Through it all, Juan has shown extraordinary willpower. More than anything, he just wants to walk again. His family, with the help of neighbours, have managed to cover the expenses up to this point by selling a small piece of land and all their valuables and by other fundraising efforts in the community. Juan has been bedridden for five years and requires a very complicated surgery for foot reconstruction and a special treatment to match the child's leg since one foot is smaller than the other. The cost of the surgery, medications and physical therapy is $7,950.22
Juan's father's earnings barely cover the family's basic needs. His mother cannot work because she must constantly attend to Juan's needs. She carries him on her back so he can attend school where she accompanies him until the end of classes and then carries him home. The area where they live is rocky and mountainous and cannot be navigated with a wheelchair. The family has no other resources to draw upon to cover the cost of this surgery.
Our sponsor site director has come to Chalice for support to pay for the surgery and associated costs to help Juan recover his mobility so he can run and play once more.
Funding Request: $7,950.22
Critical Need: BFC0520
Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other critical need emergencies that may arise.
Surgery and medical expenses for Juan, Bolivia
- Category: Critical Needs