Alex was a young patient being treated for the effects of a paralyzing gunshot wound when he met a very special North American in Hermano Pedro Hospital. He was suffering from severe bedsores, and the outlook for his recovery was very bleak. Recognizing the seriousness of the situation, it was arranged for Alex to be brought to the United States where he received the surgeries and self-care training needed to make a successful recovery. Alex was eventually able to return to Guatemala, a healthy young man with a new outlook on his life.
In response to these difficult circumstances, Alex decided to create an organization in which Guatemalans with disabilities could work to reclaim their lives – thus, Transitions was born. In the 14 years that have followed, Transitions has become a leader in the Guatemalan disability community, providing services and opportunities that are unique to this organization and geographical area.