Medical Help for Stanley

Story by Karen Weaver

For a young boy living in a remote village in Papua New Guinea, receiving advanced medical care can be impossible. But sometimes God brings people together so that the impossible can happen.

Stanley lacked the energy that other children his age possessed. His skin was slightly bluish and he quickly became short of breath.

When Dr. Carl Luther visited their village for a medical clinic, Stanley’s parents took him to be checked. Listening to the young boy’s heart and seeing his bluish condition, Dr. Carl knew immediately that the child had a serious congenital heart disease. Unfortunately, help could only be had a world away. It was a world into which neither Stanley nor his family had ever ventured.

With the help of translators Jim and Joan Farr, Stanley and his father took a six hour boat trip to a town that had an airstrip and planes that could fly him to the capital city. In Port Moresby, a pediatric cardiologist performed a cardiac ultrasound and confirmed that Stanley had Tetralogy of Fallot. Unfortunately, the needed surgery could not be performed in Papua New Guinea.

That’s when Dr. Luther contacted Children First Foundation in Australia and they agreed to sponsor Stanley’s surgery with a prominent pediatric cardiac surgeon in Chania, India.

But having a sponsoring organization wasn’t enough. In order to fly to India, Stanley needed a PNG passport, which would require a birth certificate and a national ID card, and Stanley had neither. Even if he received a passport, he would still need a medical visa to India.

All of this seemed daunting. However, the Lord set into motion prominent people who completed in only a few weeks a lengthy process that could have taken years.

As a result, Stanley was able to fly to India to obtain the needed surgery. He has recovered well and he now has stamina for work and play, and happily joins the other boys in his village in energetic games of soccer.

When many people hear the Lord’s voice and put their talents into motion, lives are saved and witnesses see that with God nothing is impossible.



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