Elton's Story

Elton's Story by Energy of Hope - A Kansas City, Missouri non-profit organization helping orphans in Africa

Late this past August, a group of widows came to our door with a child, a five year old little boy. Severely malnourished and near death, the widows laid him on our porch. The child was so severely malnourished. He was unconscious.

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The medical care available for children in this area is severely inadequate. The child was covered and bleeding because for all purposes necessary the flies in this area have already declared him dead and have begun to feast on his soft skin.

I could do nothing but call for a doctor, and pray. Soon after his bath, he stopped breathing in my arms. I was horrified to realize that his body was still moving as a result of my own breathing. After a terrifying thirty seconds or so, he gasped and his eyes flickered.

I held this child for nearly a month, going from hospital to hospital, who turned us away because they did not have the resources to care for him. Trying to preserve his life while both simultaneously waiting for him to die and wanting him to live.

This is a child who lived about two football fields away from our doorstep, easily within arms reach... but the distance between him and us is calculated by dollars and not by how far his bloodly little feet can carry him.

At the time that little Elton was brought to our home, I did not believe that he would live through the night and my heart pained for him just as it did for the look on my children's faces at the sight of his suffering. Since Elton was brought to our home and committed into our care we have done our best to rehabilitate him. We ask for continued prayers for his condition and that we are able to get him the medical care that he needs. This is just one child, but I have looked in his eyes and can promise you from an ocean away that his life matters. Orphans are the children of society. As adults, we all share the responsibility to help them where we can, and the world is better when we do.

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