of the Month
By Rich Petersen
Lizbeth Sanabria Ornelas
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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