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Teen from Kenya arrives in Myrtle Beach for life-saving leg surgery

Horry County, SC -

It was a night of firsts for one very special teen from Africa. It was his first time on a plane, his first time in America, and his first time seeing the Horry County family that will care for him while he's visiting Myrtle Beach for a life-saving surgery.

Brayen's story has touched many. A group of supporters in Myrtle Beach has been working over the last few months to get him to the grand strand for a surgery he desperately needs.

"Over in Kenya...if he doesn't have this surgery or he loses his leg what would end up happening is he would be a beggar for the rest of his life," Michael Coles said.

"He's excited about the treatment," Brayen's interpreter said. "He's hoping his limb will be saved, and his life transformed."

Because of a lack of clean water and proper medication, an injury on Brayen's leg when he was just two years old turned into a devastating wound. He's had several surgeries already and still his leg remains painful and unhealed.

"Not only are we bringing someone over here and helping them from another country..but we are literally saving his life," Coles said.

It's been a global effort, dozens of people coming together to give this boy a life he deserves.

The Coles family opened their hearts to Brayen after their son met the 17-year-old while on a mission trip with Touching Lives Ministry.

It's a moment some say could only be brought together by a higher power.

"I like to think God works in amazing ways and sometimes ways we can't comprehend," Coles said.

While he's here, Brayen will be attending Carolina Forest High School.

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