of the Month
By Rich Petersen
Daniela Monserrat Cárdenas Pedroza
Montserrat (Monse) Cárdenas Pedroza is a bright and lively two
year old with a medi-cal problem in common with many of our Niños
Incapacitados children. About eight months ago, Monse began to suffer
from convulsions and has begun to take medicine to control them. Fortunately,
since beginning her medication, she has not suffered another convulsion.
Her illness doesn’t stop this beautiful
little girl from playing with her seven-year old big brother Oswaldo
in a lively game of soccer. She also enjoys sweets and cookies and loves
to play with her dolls. Monse inherited her beau-tiful light blue eyes
from her grandmother. She lives in Chapala with her mother, Edith Carolina,
a homemaker, and her father Juan Bautista, who works as a waiter at
El Kiri, a restaurant at Piedra Barrenada near San Juan Cosala.
Monse is one of 46 children currently
enrolled in Niños Incapacitados, who require regular anti-convulsive
medications to control their seizures. Prescrip-tions for some of these
children are becoming increasingly expensive. Another young patient
now requires medication costing nearly $2000 per month.
Currently, representatives of charities
involved with providing support for Lakeside children and families are
looking at several factors that may affect children’s health locally.
Two areas of study are the availability of pre-natal care and local
environmental factors. One project, working with doctors at the local
Centro de Salud Clinics and their medical professors at the University
of Guadalajara, is to determine whether children with convulsion problems
compare to national norms.
If you would like to find out more about
our organization, please feel free to attend our monthly meetings on
the first Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. (September through June)
at La Nueva Posada in Ajijic. Our group is looking for new members,
volunteers and donors to help our Mexican families in need.
Check our website at www.programaninos.org
for more information
on the organization and how to make a donation to our efforts, or contact
our president, Robin Lawrason at 766-3070 or firstname.lastname@example.org