of the Month
Rubén Barrios Mejía
(one year later)
of you will remember the article last year about this young boy, Rubén
Barrios Mejía, and we wanted to follow up on his excellent progress.
You may not recognize him from last year’s photograph since he
seems to have gotten much taller!
Rubén is now 11 years old. He lives in Chapala with his mother
Sandra and his five brothers. He is an excellent student and says he
wants to be a lawyer when he is older. He loves playing with his toy
cars and, of course, soccer.
About a year and a half ago while walking
home from school and playing along the sidewalk with friends, Rubén
was accidentally pushed into the street just at the moment a Chapala
bus was passing by. His left foot was crushed by the bus’s wheel.
After being treated by the Red Cross and at the Hospital Civil in Guadalajara,
Rubén underwent amputation of his left forefoot as there was
no other recourse in order to save the remainder of his foot.
He used a walker and then crutches to
get around and was quite mobile; after the wound healed and there was
no sign of infection (this process took longer than usual due to poor
nutrition), Rubén was fitted with a special sandal, open across
the front, so he could attempt putting weight on his injured foot and
begin walking again.
During this time, Rubén’s
doctors and therapist were anxious to see if a special orthopedic shoe
would help him even more, but further healing of the surgical site had
to take place first, and the remaining skin had to heal enough to tolerate
a full shoe instead of the sandal.
Rubén has been using his new shoe
for a couple of months now and can walk almost as if he had had no injury.
The shoe is specially fitted to his amputated left foot and contains
a special support so he can’t bend his foot in the middle, hopefully
helping the foot remain as flat as possible. Those from our group who
had seen him a year ago were amazed at how well he can now walk across
Rubén has a follow-up appointment
with the orthopedist in June to assess whether or not another surgery
might be in order to put his tendons back in place and/or move a tendon
from one side to the other in order to facilitate future growth and
movement. Hopefully with his excellent progress to date, this surgery
won’t be necessary.
Niños Incapacitados is very happy
to have been a part of this young boy’s recovery. At our last
monthly meeting both Rubén and his mother thanked the group for
all the assistance and support, with Rubén flashing one of his
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on the organi-zation and how to make a donation to our efforts. Or contact
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