LORETO AND BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR
We have been helping to serve individuals in need in Loreto. A group of Americans started to raise funds for the individuals below. Some of their needs have been fulfilled, but more work needs to be done. A local support group called Amor y Esperanza (Love and Hope) has been formed including local Mexican parents, friends, and local American residents, that has been raising funds through raffles and dinner fundraising to help the individuals below. Included are:
Jordana Romero Murillo
Jordana received a kidney transplant in January 2022. She is currently 13 years old. The kidney was donated by her father. She is having a good recovery. Besides the cost of the operation and travel costs to and from BCS and Guadalajara, she needs rejection medication and will for the rest of her life. The hope is to transfer her to the Mexican Insurance company, IMSS, in the near future. The first year or so of the transplant process requires timely and effective testing to see that her body is not rejecting the donated kidney. Also, the rejection medication must be of the highest quality to ensure the continued success of the transplant.
Isis Andrea Rojas Arce
Andrea is currently 5 years old and has a complex set of problems concerning her heart. She suffers from Pulmonary Atresia which is a lack of proper development in the Pulmonary Artery and its branches that does not enable her body to get the oxygen she needs. She also has a large hole in her heart. She came to Tijuana to do a full series of tests. A major university in California is currently considering her case. We will also approach a foundation based in BCS with connections to pediatric doctors in the United States to see if anything can be done. Andrea is also scheduled to be seen by ISSSTE in August. She has been seen twice by them. However, ISSSTE has not initiated any significant steps to seek a solution for Andrea.
Lupita Amador Villegas
Lupita is a 2-1/2-year-old girl who has spastic cerebral palsy. She is a very happy girl but currently cannot walk. She is now receiving regular therapy both in La Paz and in Loreto. She was also given a special needs stroller to help her mother move her around. The hope is that in the very near future she will be able to walk with the help of a walker or cane. This would significantly improve her life.
The children above are part of Amor y Esperanza.
Commitment has offered to help another young man living in Baja California Sur:
Sharky Manuel Robles Flores
This young boy, 13 years of age, residing in Puerto San Carlos, recently incurred a serious eye injury while visiting his aunt in Loreto. The injury has damaged both the lens and cornea of his eye. He has been seen by a couple of doctors who have indicated that the lens can be repaired but he may need a cornea transplant. The operation will likely take place in Mexico City. Costs will include the surgery but also transportation expenses, hotel and living expenses, as well as some medication to help with the healing.
SHOULD YOU WISH TO HELP ANY OF THESE INDIVIDUALS, PLEASE INDICATE ON THE DONATE PAGE WHICH INDIVIDUAL YOU WISH TO HELP.