Mariza is 24-years old. Born with paralysis and microcephaly. Microcephaly occurs most often because the brain fails to grow at a normal rate). Mariza is a twin (her sister has no medical problems). For 24 years, Mariza has been cared for by her mother and her aunt. The family struggles and it is difficult to pay for the special vitamins and Ensure that Mariza needs. Her mother sells tamales on the street. Paper Houses is now providing groceries, vitamins, Ensure, and diapers.
The After-school Program that we sponsor provides hot meals, supervised playtime, help with school-work, dance and art to children in preschool and kindergarten. Without this programs, many of these children would be home alone for hours, while waiting for their parents to come home from work.
We joined them for a meal and they presented us with a wreath of hand-prints that was displayed on the wall, thanking Paper Houses for our help. Click for photos.
Estrella was born premature at 6-months. Her lungs were not completely formed, she was also born blind and doctors believe she may have significant mental disabilities.
We met this little 5-year old angel on March 9th. She greeted us with laughter and a few words in English. Her mother explained that she has uncles living in the United States and whenever they call, they teach the family new words in English. Estrella began singing a song in Spanish and inserted a few English words! Then, she paused and said, "Applause, please!"
We laughed and clapped. She then continued singing.
Being with her was akin to being closer to God. All of our worries and concerns melted away as we lived in the moment.
Rigoberto was born in a small farming community. The doctors did not tell the parents that there was anything wrong with the infant. As he drew, they say that his wrists, back and fingers seem to be twisting. They took him to the doctor when he was 9-months old and the doctor examined him. He told the parents that their baby was born with 'paralysis, a brain disorder and that he needed surgery because his testicles were twisted.(click here for the rest of the story).
Born with infantile paralysis and subject to frequent convulsions, 16-year old Estrella lives with her grandparents. Her mother found work in Monterrey and sends money to support her daughter.
It has been a long time since the child has been to a doctor, so we sent her to the private hospital for a complete evaluation to determine how we can help this poor child.
Born mute, David is now 5-years old. He was rushed to the hospital after a fall from his bunk-bed rendered him temporarily unconscious. We are paying for exams, evaluations and treatments. We are also seeking opinions from doctors about his lack of speech.
Born with Congenital hip dislocation (with hyper-elasticity) and with a clubfoot, we sent her to two specialists and physical therapy. Surgery was recommended and we will make arrangements to help this little angel.
Because of recent reports of violence in Piedras Negras, we delivered dispensa and visited the public hospital and shelters. As we rendered assistance, our primary goal was to let the people know that they have not been abandoned.
We also sent Kamila for additional chemotherapy and followed up on progress of other children we are helping in Acuna.
Vania was born at six months (3 months premature).
The public hospital, where the poor must seek help, had no doctor available when the mother’s water broke. Nurses insisted that the water had not broken and that she was not in labor. She returned to the hospital two more times, and finally, the nurses sent her to the public hospital in another town that is three hours away, where a doctor was on duty.
The doctor said that her water broke many hours ago and there was no fluid in her to protect the baby. When she was born, the doctor said everything was fine. However, as time passed, the family saw that she was not able to control movement in one eye and seemed to have mental problems.
We are sending the child for evaluation and then will discuss options with specialists.
Noe's lungs were filled with water when rushed to the hospital He also has an enlarged heart due to Noonan syndrome. Noonan syndrome is a genetic disorder that prevents normal development in various parts of the body. A person can be affected by Noonan syndrome in various ways. These include unusual facial characteristics, short stature, heart defects, other physical problems and possible developmental delays. Noonan syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation and is acquired when a child inherits a copy of an affected gene from a parent (dominant inheritance). It can also occur as a spontaneous mutation, meaning there's no family history involved. There's no specific treatment for Noonan syndrome. Management focuses on controlling the disease's symptoms and complications. Growth hormone may be used to treat short stature in some people with Noonan syndrome.