|Published:||Jul 16, 2012 6:08 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 16, 2012 6:11 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The road to recovery now begins for 17-year-old Fred Langdale, who lost his arm to an alligator last week.
Friends, family and even strangers have offered help and donations to the Moore Haven family.
Now, an international organization is stepping up in a big way.
The Araba Shriners, based in Fort Myers, have offered to donate Langdale's prosthetic arm.
Bob Sneckenberger, Public Relations director for the Araba Shriners says they reached out to the family after seeing Langdale's brave story.
"He seems to have a lot of guts. That's what you've got to say about this guy and I just hope we can work out something for him so he can live a healthy life," he says.
He says it is part of the group's mission to help kids with specific medical needs. "It's part of us. It's part of what's ingrained in you when you become a Mason, so it fits. It's just us."
The Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa provides care for those kids, and it is all regardless of a family's ability to pay.
Prosthetics are one of the areas of expertise for the Shriners Hospital, and they serve kids under 18.
For more information about the Shriners Hospital, visit www.shrinershospitalforchildren.org. You can also call 800-237-5055 if you know someone who can benefit from the hospital.
The Shriners have been in touch with the Langdale family, but official arrangements for the donation have not been made.
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