By BBN Staff: A Belizean child, eight-year-old Marisol Oh went to America for a life changing surgery and is now in the care of an Illinois family.Oh was born with her hip out of socket and had learned to walk like that. She went to the USA in October of 2016 and underwent extensive hip surgery in St. Louis. She was restricted to a body cast after surgery.
According to WSIL ABC news, Darla McKeown and her husband Steve have been caring for Oh during her recovery.
“When you go through an experience like this together, when you are caring for a child and they are trusting in you during a difficult time after surgery, there are connections that will never be broken,” Darla told ABC news.
After the surgery, Oh was in a body cast for seven weeks and Darla, a retired physical therapist, cared for her.
“It is very gratifying for me to be able to use my skills that I have and to know what to do to help somebody,” said Darla.
Marisol is now completely recovered and will be coming back to Belize soon. She says she’s excited to go home and see her family but will miss the McKeown’s and her new favorite food, fried chicken.
On Friday night, Darla and her family held a surprise birthday party for Oh.
“It is really fulfilling to have a child from Belize in your home and to help them out and really change their life forever,” said Darla.
The McKeown’s are working through a program called the Belize Children’s Project. They team up with Rotary International and the Shriner’s Hospital to make these surgeries possible.
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