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Shriners Hospital Visits Valley Kids

LA FERIA, TX - The Shriners Hospital for Children from Houston sets up an outreach clinic for valley kids.

They’ve been to Laredo, El Paso, Amarillo , and on December 7, 2017 they visit the city of La Feria.

It may look like a busy day at a local clinic, but for some this clinic is more than just a place for medical services.

Clinics like these can have a tremendous impact on a child’s life.  Such is the case with Jose Luis Mendoza. He suffered from cerebral palsy, has had his lungs burst, and his movement was becoming limited.   Mendoza claims, “A doctor once told me that I would never speak or eat… He said I would never see or dress myself… nothing”

4 years and 10 surgeries later he is competing and winning in Paralympic events. This morning he comes to this clinic in La Feria for a follow up visit and he is also eager to show his surgeon the medals he’s won.

“I’m grateful for everything… and now I even have some medals to show off.” Says Mendoza.

The Shriners Hospital for Children’s mission is “help families regardless of their ability to pay.”

They are helping valley children with orthopedic conditions just in time for the holidays.  

“We have the whole team out here so you’ll see our people that do therapy,” says Armand Viscarri – Public Relations Assistant for Shriners Hospitals for Childrens. “you’ll see our doctors, you’ll see the people that make prosthetics and orthotics.”

Today we see them helping patients from the Roi Grande Valley and Mexico who may need a follow-up or be fitted into a custom brace.

“We want to get kids back moving, our goal is to impact kids. If we can make a benefit in a child’s life we will do that.” Says Viscarri.  

Clowns provide a bit of entertainment for the children while they wait. Once their visit is over, the children also receive a toy.

You can learn more about the children’s hospital at https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/shc

For more information on upcoming events, or to sign up for an upcoming clinic, you can call (800) 853-1240.

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