Paralyzed youth reaches mountain top in St. Vincent

The ability to at least walk again must be one of the greatest wishes for someone who became paralyzed, but climbing to the summit of a more than 4,000 ft mountain might seem like a wish too far.

Twenty one 21 year old Yanick Charles, however, probably wished on the right shooting star as the Health Minister in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Luke Browne made a spontaneous decision to take, on his back, differently-abled Charles to the top of La Soufriere volcano on August 15th, 2019.

Almost every year, the now Minister of Health, Luke Browne would take participants of his annual summer kids club program to different locations across St. Vincent and The Grenadines. This year, they opted to climb the volcano as one of the places to visit.

When they arrived at the start of the trail, it was expected that Yanick would be left behind with whoever was staying to keep his company, but then an extraordinary act of compassion created a miracle for Yanick.

“When I saw the situation, I just spontaneously thought that I shouldn’t leave him behind so I asked him if he wanted to go up. I knew that it would have been a daunting task for me to carry him up, but I asked him…I prepared my mind for the awesome challenge ahead,” Browne told Searchlight Newspaper in an interview.

Twenty one year old Yanick was excited by the decision of Mr. Browne and said it was a dream come through for him.

Minister Browne (Center-front) taking Yanick up the 4,000+ ft volcano on his back

“It made me feel like it was a dream. I didn’t know the day would have come for me to go up there. I always wanted to go but in my condition, I couldn’t…I didn’t know someone would’ve carried me on his back so it was unbelievable,” Searchlight Newspaper reported Yanick as saying.

He said the journey took approximately three hours and when Browne got tired, they would rest and have conversation, Searchlight reported.

“Charles has spent the last nine years of his life in a wheelchair after falling from a tree in 2010, which resulted in an injury that left him paralysed from the waist down” – Searchlight added.

Read more of the SEARCHLIGHT Newspaper story here

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