Changing Priya’s world…
These Feet Are Made for Walking--At Last!
When you see
the “before” pictures of her severely clubbed feet you can’t believe
Permaul, age 14, of Guyana, was able to walk, but she was. She walked slowly and painfully--
and of course she could not wear shoes--but she walked.Unfortunately, Priya’s physical
suffering was compounded by the spiritual pain inflicted by the merciless teasing she
endured at the hands of other children.
our help. Missionary Andy Girwarnauth asked his sister Lita Kharmai,
lives in Rockford, to find a doctor for Priya, but Lita called on us for help.
Hulst, podiatrist and foot surgeon, is the doctor who accepted the
repairing her deformed feet. He performed four surgeries on Priya at St. Mary’s Mercy
Medical Center in Grand Rapids. The first two, on her right foot, turned the foot over and straightened the ankle and then straightened the front of the foot so that shoes would fit. The third and fourth surgeries did the same on her left foot. Dr. Esmerelda Cardena was Priya’s pediatrician.
As we’ve noted, Priya could walk before--barely. Now she could walk--REALLY. On two straight feet. With no teasing.
family was Jim and Cheryl Buist of Grand Rapids. Cheryl Buist says,
Priya was wheeled down the corridor at the Kent Count airport she had a big smile on her
face. That smile continued until the day she went home, 15 months later. Her success story
is not only about fixing her feet, it’s about how she grew as a person while she was here.
“By the time Priya went home she could walk without help. Her feet were straight and she wore shoes with small lifts in the heels. She returned to Guyana not only with straight feet but with new knowledge about her world and her faith. It was a joy for our family to see her develop into a beautiful young lady.”