A HEARTBREAKING visit to India has left Beenleigh parishioner Betty Graver with a mission to find doctors willing to care for sick Indian children.
Ms Graver recently returned from her fifth visit to India with Mamre International, a charity organisation that helps the poorest of the poor in India.
Unlike previous trips where she has visited orphaned children, Ms Graver visited wastelands in Raguia, inhabited by more than 2000 poor and disadvantaged residents, but who are constantly “kicked out” by the Indian Government.
“For me, it was stressful because I could see more things wrong with kids,” she said. “It really broke my heart.”
On this particular trip, Ms Graver met “Christopher”. As a young child, Christopher had fallen over, and with the lack of medical care, developed severely disfigured legs.
Ms Graver said she had never seen a child like it in her five years of mission work in India. She said she was overwhelmed by the severity of his disfigured legs and began to shed tears over his condition.
“He touched my face and wiped away my tears,” she said.
Now Ms Graver wants to find medical help for Christopher to have his legs straightened. She asked if any organisations were able to help her cause to contact her on 0439 791 133.
Ms Graver, who goes to India every two years, will be 82 on her next trip. But never one to pause, she is now planning a trip to South Africa to be chaperone on a mission trip with a young South African living in Kedron.
“It’s what keeps you young,” she said.