Meet Beatriz with her beautiful eyes.....
Beatriz was born in November 2013 with an enlarged heart and a heart murmur. Her mother came to Niños Incapacitados in July 2014 as she needed help to pay for tests, transport to and from Guadalajara and medication.
Her mother works as a house maid and the father is absent and does not support the family economically or emotionally. Through our liaison with the Taijari Foundation in Guadalajara, Beatriz had open heart surgery at Hospital Del Carmen in Guadalajara, in June 2016. The surgery was successful and she has recuperated very well. The Taijari Foundation paid for the surgery; we paid a very nominal fee for the registration only.
We have seen her at our clinic in Ajijic in July and she is doing very well. Doctors say that she will be able to lead a normal life and do all the things that kids do.
This is one of our success stories; it is very rewarding to take in a child with a serious health problem that the family cannot afford to treat and 2 years later to see that this child was given a second chance. Over the course of two years we have disbursed 12,384.00 pesos to the family.
Meet Juan de Dios with his positive attitude.....
Juanito was born in March 2003. He had convulsions and hydrocephalus. The family came to Niños Incapacitados in May 2003 as they needed help for his treatments.
He had his first surgery soon after he was born to install a valve as he was convulsing many times daily.
He was in and out of Hospital for the next 2 years, the Doctors told the family to prepare themselves because their child would not live many more years as sick as he was and with convulsions that would not subside.
Well, now we find ourselves in 2016, Juanito is now 13 years old. He has had many surgeries, the valve was replaced twice but he is doing very well. He is a very intelligent child even if he never went to school.
People got together last Christmas and collected money to buy him a tablet. His family has downloaded apps that help him write and count and games that require thinking. His Doctors at the Civil cannot believe the progress he has made.
We hope to be able to write about Juanito again in a few years!
We have spent a total of 155,048.00 pesos so far for Juanito.
Meet Ismael Uriel with his infectious smile.....
Ismael was born August 2002 and has been with Niños Incapacitados since 2003.
Shortly after birth Ismael was diagnosed with West Syndrome which is an uncommon to rare epileptic disorder in infants.
West Syndrome is age related, generally occurring between the third and twelve month, generally manifesting around the fifth month. Statistically, boys are more affected than girls.
Ismael has been prescribed a cocktail of medicines to include steroid therapy and anticonvulsive drugs combined with medications to help prevent inflammation for his respiratory problems. He is also enrolled in Fundacion Teleton (a government funded therapy program in Guadalajara) where he attends three times weekly.
Ismael had been doing fairly well on his anti-convulsive medication however in mid-2014 he started having some serious problems. He was losing weight prompting doctors to prescribe Pediasure (a calorie/protein/vitamin enriched drink). His kidneys were not functioning normally so has been undergoing more tests. Sadly he is now wearing diapers.
To date, we have reimbursed the family approximately $313,000 pesos.
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