Child of the
By Judy & Larry Beaumont
misdiagnosis sent Jose Castro Miranda to DIF Chapala for physical therapy
to correct a curvature of his spine when he could barely walk. The therapy
aggravated a growing tumor on Joses back, making surgery imperative
last year. The removal of the tumor cost him three months in Hospital
Civil in Guadalajara. In January, several skin grafts were necessary
after a drain in his back burst and burned the flesh around it.
The two-year-old has been through a great
deal in his young life, with more surgery ahead. Jose was also born
with deformed toes on one foot and has a testicular hernia that must
be repaired soon. Niños Incapacitados will be there to help pay
for his medicine and surgeries.
Joses father washes cars in Chapala
and gives money to his estranged wife when he can. Joses mother
is 19 years old and has two other children, a boy who is three and a
girl who is only five months old. When her marriage failed, she moved
home with her parents and siblings. Nine people occupy their two-room
home. Sandra Miranda described her parents home as one standard
room made from masonry and one room of carton, which she explained was
just thick cardboard.
In May and June you can watch the three
Triple Crown races while enjoying great food. This year, the Kentucky
Derby is May 3rd, the Preakness is May 17th and the Belmont Stakes are
June 7th. Although the races (on TV) are the focus of these parties,
we also have raffles, games, food that is included in the cover price,
a cash bar and other amusements. Look for flyers and other publicity,
and join in the fun. Buy tickets to one party or all three in advance
or at the gate.
Niños Incapacitados meets the first
Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the bar area of La Nueva Posada.
New members and visitors are always welcome. For further information
about the group, call the president, Gene Beck, at 766-1735 or the secretary,
Judy Beaumont, at 766-0095.