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Stuck in Peru: Muskegon man among hundreds of Americans stranded

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A Muskegon woman is begging for help as her 23-year-old son is stuck in Peru amid the country’s nationwide COVID-19 quarantine. Luke Sessink is a former recent Reeths-Puffer high school student, and recent graduate of Eastern Michigan’s nursing program. His first mission as a registered nurse was going to be as a volunteer for six weeks at a community medical clinic in Cusco, Peru. The moment he got there however, the Peruvian government declared a national emergency, closing its borders, and ordering a national quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sessink immediately returned to the airport, but he arrived too late. Officials wouldn’t let him back on the plane. This is Luke’s mom, Mary Sessink.

“And now he’s stuck there and quarantined with this host family that he’s there with,” Sessink said. “And everything is shutdown, and every day, things are getting stricter, and their getting curfews…and there is over 1500 Americans that are stuck in Peru.”

Sessink said that she reached out to United States Representative Bill Huizenga, her Congressman, who told her that his office would try to help, but for now, all she and Luke can do is wait.

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