Child of the
Jaime Lopez Vega
By Anne Callon
Lopez Vega is a five-year-old from San Antonio Tlayaca-pan. He lives
with his mother Rocio and his older brother Pablo. At present they are
living with a family friend in Chapala.
Several months ago, in a household accident,
Jaime sustained serious burns to most parts of his body and he still
needs skin grafts and ongoing treatment and therapy to ensure that his
recovery is as complete as possible. At present he is unable to walk,
as his left leg was particularly affected. Jaime is new to our program,
so is still being assessed but we know that he will eventually require
surgery to restore him to complete mobility.
Jaime is a bright, smiling boy who attends
school, loves coloring books and crayons and proudly shows how he always
colors within the lines. While he under-standably gets upset at the
thought of doctors and hospitals and further hurting, he eagerly antici-pates
recovering enough to ride horses in the HELP program.
HELP is a special program of horseback
riding for handicapped children at which Jim McCormack and his volunteers
work every Friday morning beginning at 10:00 am in Lower La Floresta
where the horses are located. There is always a need for volunteers
to drive the children and their Moms or caregivers to and from the program
as well as to help during the rides. Please call Jim at 766-3984 to
volunteer your much-needed assistance.
PROGRAMA PRO NIÑOS INCAPACITADOS
DEL LAGO AC needs members, volunteers and donors so that medical care
is available for all local children who need it. No matter how short
or long a period of time you spend at Lakeside you are important to
our organization. Please attend the next monthly meeting on Thursday
morning February 5 at 10:00 in the bar area of La Nueva Posada. For
more information please contact Robin Lawrason at 766-3070 or at email@example.com
or visit www.programaninos.org
(Ed. Note: Anne Callon has most graciously
stepped in for Judy Beau-mont, who is ill. Judy and her husband, Larry,
have written the column for several years, and in doing so have done
a great deal for the Niños Incapacitados. We send along our warmest
regards to Judy, and wish her a speedy recovery.