|Eugenio Lara lives in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and is one of the many disabled in the region. He lost his legs at the age of 36 as a result of a tragic event that changed his life forever. He was a strong, energetic, hardworking man who built wagons, tamed horses, and cleared land. One evening on his way to visit a friend, he was encountered by a group of thugs, who beat him unconscious for no apparent reason and poured gasoline over his legs, burning them mercilessly. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors attempted to save his legs and life, but the damage was too severe and required amputation. The identity of those men is still unknown, but the impact of this crime will remain in Eugenio’s life and family.|
Now, at the age of 37, his physical injuries are healed, and in spite of his disability, he is eager to live his life with optimism and joy. His family is fortified by his strong spirit and motivated to move forward together. Eugenio has not married and has no kids; before the tragedy he took care of his mother. Now his sister, Emma, herself a single mother, takes care of him and their mother. It is impossible for Eugenio to use a wheelchair. He lost his legs close to the hips, and the majority of his weight is at the back of the wheelchair, causing it to flip backward when using it. Fortunately, we were able to help. His new PET worked out perfectly for his condition, allowing him to freely move about and operate it with ease. His strong, able arms make the use of the PET a snap. It was an amazing sight; he declined to return in the cab that he had arrived in with his family, assuring us that only his PET was necessary for him to return home. He departed needing no help from his relatives for the first time since the accident, and waved gratefully to us as he left.