Child of the Month
By Rich Petersen

Lizbeth Sanabria Ornelas
www.programaninos.org

     Please meet 6-year-old Lizbeth Sanabria Ornelas. Lizbeth lives in Chapala with her mother María del Carmen, her grandmother Concha and her uncle Manuel. She has no siblings, but is best friends with her cousins Valeria, Mariana and Erick. She is an excellent student in the third level of kindergarten.
     At approximately age two or three she began to fall a lot when walking, and in pre-school she couldn’t see the blackboard. Doctors discovered that Lizbeth had been born with “estrabismo” or crossed eyes and squint which of course was affecting her vision. She was evaluated in the Hospital Civil in Guadalajara and at first was given several trials of different glasses to see if the problem could be corrected. Unfortunately none of the eyeglasses were effective, and at age five she was operated on to correct the problem in her eyes.
     The surgery was successful and now Lizbeth no longer falls when walking (her field of vision and ability to judge distances much improved) and is an outstanding student in school. Doctors now only monitor her for a change in eyeglass prescription.
     Her mother tells us she “blossomed” after the operation and is a voracious reader and conversationalist. Lizbeth loves drawing and her coloring book; she is also “la madre” to her dolls and pretends she is the doctor who will cure them of their vision problems as the surgeon did for her.
     At the monthly meeting of the Niños membership last week, with her new glasses secured by a ribbon around the back of her head, Lizbeth charmed us with her smile and her stories. She and her mother thanked the group several times for the assistance with the operation and follow-up doctor visits. Lizbeth’s outcome from a potential disability is very heartwarming to those of us who work with Niños Incapacitados. You, too, can be a part of these success stories by joining our group, either as an active member/volunteer or simply by contributing to the group’s fundraising efforts.
     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 info@programaninos.org