Child of the
Jesus Heriberto Hernandez Romero
By Judy & Larry Beaumont
he was two years old, Jesus Hernandez saw an open bottle of his favorite
soft drink, picked it up and drank. He cried out and his mother came
running from another room. Jesus" mouth was foaming,
Maria Romero, his mother, said. I called the doctor, but I wasnt
sure what had been stored in the bottle. Gasoline, perhaps?
The doctor recommended that she feed Jesus
milk at once to neutralize the gasoline. It hadnt been gasoline,
however. He had consumed a poison meant to kill scorpions. We
rushed him to an IMSS hospital in Guadalajara where he spent two months
and eight days, 15 of those days in intensive physical therapy. The
therapy was very helpful in teaching Jesus to move again, but his brain
was badly damaged, his mother remembered.
Chuy, as his family calls him, takes physical
therapy at the DIF facility in Chapala regularly. He and his mother
come on the bus from Ajijic where the family lives. Jesus hand,
arm and leg each need a brace to ease them from their various contracted
positions. He will need physical therapy for a long time.
Heriberto Hernandez, his dad, is native
to Ajijic and works in construction. Maria says, My husband is
a big help in caring for Jesus and the other children. The family
has three other children from a 9-year-old girl to a 9-month-old baby.
When the accident occurred, the family had Seguro Social coverage for
Chuys medical bills, but by 2000 the family had no insurance.
They came to Niños Incapacitados for help with the continuing
Programa Pro Niños Incapacitados
del Lago exists to help families pay for on-going or major medical expenses.
The group meets the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the bar
area of La Nueva Posada. For more information, please call Judy Beaumont,
at 766-0095. Niños Incapacitados will have a booth at the all-day
subasta at the Auditorio in La Floresta on Saturday, October 25th. Please
support your local charities at the giant yard sale.