Before I left for Ghana, friends and family jokingly told me not to adopt a child. I took their advice and did not adopt a child. I adopted thirty-nine. They are in my heart forever, and I will stay in their lives for as long as they will have me. One of those beautiful children is a little boy named Desmond.
I met seven-year-old Desmond when I first arrived at the orphanage in Kasoa. Not only did he not speak English, he did not speak at all. We clicked immediately. We would seek each other out on the school grounds, play games, or just sit and “hang out” for hours. He was a beautiful shining light and he had me hooked.
One day I noticed that one of his feet looked different than the other and brought it to the attention of Nana, our onsite coordinator. Nana had one of the You At Heart Foundation volunteers look at the foot and they determined it was Tetanus. In most first world countries, Tetanus is a rare and treatable disease; however, in places such as Ghana, it takes the lives of thousands of people each year. Luckily, we caught it early enough and, along with the help of You At Heart, got him the medical attention he needed.
I am pleased to say that a few weeks after his medical treatment began, Desmond could wear a shoe for the first time in a long time. He now plays soccer/football with the other children and is no longer in pain. He has also begun speaking again. We changed a life; there is nothing greater that we can accomplish than that.