The Hutchinson family recently had a very exciting two weeks. Beginning June 16, the family traveled to the Good Samaritan Children’s Home, which is an orphanage in Mapanga, Malawi, Africa.
Nine-year-old Lindsey Hutchinson, a student at West Buncombe Elementary, got to experience a very different culture. “It was just our family,” explains Sandra Hutchinson, Lindsey’s mother. “We stayed most of the time at an orphanage.” While there, the family worked to improve the lives of the kids there. “We gave the kids candy,” she explained. “We taught them how to color; they had never seen crayons before.” Sandra adds, “Lindsey and my son were the first white children they had ever seen in their entire lives.”
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French Broad Fire Chief Matthew Shelton was recently hospitalized after complications with an existing illness. Shelton suffers from Crohn’s disease, which is an illness that affects the gastrointestinal tract. He has already undergone two previous surgeries. “They took out about three feet of large intestine. Then I had another resection in 2006. They took out an additional foot. So I’m missing four feet of intestines,” Shelton explained. Read more...
“Been sick off and on since March,” he said. “I got hospitalized four or five times. They decided to do surgery on me.” Complications arose soon after which required a second surgery. Shelton’s ordeal was not over. Soon after, a blood clot was located in an IV line that was inserted near his heart. Shelton was discharged from the hospital, but his recovery has only just recently begun. However, there are difficulties that have arisen. “Right now, I’ve used all my comp time and vacation and everything. While I’m out, I don’t have anything to burn.” Shelton’s wife, Sarah, is a stay at home mother. “Him being home with his home health is taking more time and effort than we expected for me to do,” she notes. The upside, she says, is that “it’s different but easier now that he’s home, because the running back and forth is what makes you tired. We got to get used to it and adjust.” With at least six weeks of recovery in store, Shelton hopes to return to work. A 20-year veteran of the French Broad Fire Department, Shelton joined as a volunteer firefighter in 1994. In 2010 he was promoted to chief after rising through the ranks. A charity donation website has been set up for Shelton at <http://www.gofundme.com/avami8>.