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Patient Ambassador Juan Diego: Where is he now?

Learn what our Patient Ambassador Juan Diego has been up to since he was last in Boston

Patient Ambassador Juan Diego: Where is he now?

You might remember reading about our rock star patient ambassador Juan Diego, a vibrant member of our community, when we shared his story in 2018. Juan Diego remains part of the fabric of the Boston Shriners Hospital family as he spreads his joy and compassion to other patients, families and staff.

Juan Diego first came to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston in May of 2018 with severe burn injuries to his hands that he sustained from an electrical accident in his home country of Honduras. Throughout his long stay in the hospital, Juan Diego never lost his positive attitude. He embraced every opportunity to be involved, and was an active member of Team Brave, our community reintegration program that enabled him to build his skills and confidence and make new friends. You may also remember seeing his contagious smile on our social media channels after his artwork was featured on the hospital’s holiday T-shirts last year. Juan Diego is a beacon of positivity and hope, and a valued ambassador for the hospital.

Since his time in Boston, Juan Diego has returned to his family in Honduras and is enjoying his independence again after receiving extensive hand therapy at our hospital. We recently checked in with Juan Diego to find out what he is doing now. He shared, “In my second year at the Boston Shriners Hospital, I was there for six and a half months. I have great memories of that time. So, saying goodbye led me to a lot of mixed feelings. But, in the end, everything was good and the best for me because I saw my family in Honduras after a long time and was able to be with them for Christmas. Here in Honduras, I have had a great time because I returned to school, I am with my family and friends, and I have achieved a lot of daily challenges that life presents every day. I will always remember my family at the Boston Shriners Hospital.”

Juan Diego has had a huge impact on our Boston Shriners Hospital family with his unrelenting passion and joy. He is always ready to say "yes" to opportunities to tell others about the hospital and speak about the life-changing care he received. His inspiring story was featured on Boston Channel 5 WCVB: Teen defies the odds after electrical accident, and he was also one of our all-star patients interviewed for a WCVB Chronicle story: A day off with Team Brave. Whether competing with Team No Limits at a Spartan Race, spending time with our therapy dogs, or spreading an empowering message on our social media during the COVID-19 crisis, Juan Diego is an extraordinary reminder to stay hopeful. Watch his video message found on the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston Facebook page. It is sure to inspire.

Thank you, Juan Diego, for going above and beyond to spread positivity in our Boston Shriners Hospital community. You are an inspiration to all!

Pictured: Juan Diego and Anitta on his most recent first day of school. (In case you are wondering, Anitta is Juan Diego's name for his prosthetic!)