Child of the Month
Jesus Heriberto Hernandez Romero
By Judy & Larry Beaumont

     When 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 wasn’t 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 hadn’t 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 Chuy’s medical bills, but by 2000 the family had no insurance. They came to Niños Incapacitados for help with the continuing expenses.
     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.