Student Research Trip to Peru Spurs Medical Fundraiser at Alabama State

By: David Campbell – Alabama State University News

Eight-year-old Reylly (pronounced Riley) Gonzales Appgueno often can be found sitting alone in a hospital bed at Hospitale Regionale de Loretto in Iquitos, Peru. In 2012, Reylly was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis Interstitial Lung Disease, a condition that has stunted his growth. The disease carries a grim prognosis.

Reylly was one of many patients that Alabama State University students encountered during their 10-day medical research and internship program in Peru in December of 2015. He left an indelible mark on the group’s hearts and lives.

The students were captivated by Reylly’s warm personality and enthusiasm for life, despite the health challenges he faces and the poverty that precludes his being able to receive treatments that could save — or at least extend — his life.

Read the full story – Saving the Life of Reylly


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