A Honduran child brought to Iowa by a sympathetic farmer will be staying a little longer. Ken Voltmer goes to Honduras each year for a humanitarian visit, and heard this year about a little boy who was unable to eat after he’d swallowed a chemical mix containing lye that burned and scarred his esophagus. Voltmer brought the boy and his 19-year-old mother to Iowa for surgery and treatment at a Des Moines hospital. He was set to return when organizers learned more work must be done to prepare medical equipment the boy will need for his care when he’s back home. So three-year-old Henry Montoya will remain at Mercy Children’s Center in Des Moines till Memorial Day, when he and his mother head to Kansas City and the flight that will take them home.
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