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John Marshall builds prosthetic hand for Haitian orphan
by Calvin Men
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Through a sense of humanity and a serendipitous opportunity, a Santa Cruz man designed and built a prosthetic hand for a 12-year-old boy in Haiti.
John Marshall, 47, met Stevenson Joseph during a relief trip to the country in 2013.
The boy was born with two fingers on his right hand and no fingers on his left hand. The 12 year old was abandoned by his mother at a home for disabled children when he was 3.
Marshall and his wife, Lisa Deverse, were convinced to go on a relief trip to Haiti arranged by the Rev. Bob Murrin, pastor of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Boulder Creek. Murrin traveled to Haiti before for Food for the Poor, a Florida-based nonprofit that feeds impoverished on an international level.
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