KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – In this week’s community spotlight, we’re taking you to Kinston.
This week a 15-year-old orphaned amputee from the Ivory Coast of Africa, Fidele, arrived in Kinston at East Point Prosthetics.
He’s receiving his new prosthetic leg all thanks to the work of Doctor Paul Suggs and the non profit, 1040-I.
At only 10 years old, Fidele lost his leg due to a severe bone infection and lack of antibiotics in his third world country.
When his path crossed with local doctors here in the east, they were able to give him a temporary prosthetic during their mission trip this past June.
Fidele’s custom prosthetic was also built to encounter adjustments as he continues to grow.
For Dr. Sugg, he says his first trip to the Ivory Coast was memorable and wishes he could help thousands more just like Fidele.
“Never ever focus on them all, realize that you made a difference in one’s life,” said Dr. Sugg.
“ So the perspective immediately changed for me from then on, so if I can make a difference in one’s life the perspective has changed for me.”
This was Fidele’s first trip to America and the Kinston community welcomed him with open arms.
Local restaurants provided meals for he and his family and he even experienced a day at the Woodmen Center Water Park.
With not much to wear more than the clothes on his back, Fidele was given bags of donations to take back with him to Africa.