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Stranded in Peru: A mother's efforts to bring her son home

Mary Sessink wants to get her son back to the U.S.
Posted at 3:47 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 17:42:08-04
Muskegon man tries to get home from Peru

Luke Sessink was supposed to be volunteering at a children's clinic in Peru.

“It’s been like a roller coaster," the 23-year-old from Muskegon said. "Overall doing OK and have everything that I need.”

He's still in Peru where everyone in quarantined. He currently does not have a way home.

His mother, Mary, is doing everything in her power to bring him back.

“I’ve contacted every government agency I can think of,” Mary said.

She is able to talk to Luke daily on the phone.

“Sometimes it makes me really sad," Mary said. "It is just good the hear his voice. A mom can read here son being seeing his face.”

“He needs to be home, he wants to be home.”

Mary has booked a couple different flights for Luke, but there are hurdles. There is a flight ban in place until March 31, and one airport in Lima, is located over 600 miles from his current location in Cusco.

“It is kind of scary not really knowing anything for sure," Luke said.

“I am starting to feel desperate," Mary added.

Luke said there is talk of a flight next week but he's not sure how much truth there is in that right now.