Child of the Month
By Nicole Sergent, Clinic Director
Xochitl Natalie, G.M.
Xochitl was born in 2007 and, she is part of our Chapala clinic. She was born premature and was soon diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is defined as a group of permanent disorders of the development of movement and posture, causing activity limitation, that are attributed to non-progressive disturbances that occurred in the developing infant brain. While the central feature of CP is a disorder with movement, difficulties with thinking, learning, feeling, communication and behaviour often occur along with CP.
Xochitl has been going to equine therapy for many years and it has helped with her posture and coordination. She will begin swim therapy soon in conjunction with the equine therapy. She does not have seizures so she is not on any medication. She understands clearly, her speech is limited but she makes herself understood.
She has been part of Ninos Incapacitados since 2008. We have reimbursed the family with transport, therapy, diapers and other needs. In total we have paid 28,000.00 pesos for Xochitl. Her mother is an excellent care giver; she is surrounded by family who really care for her.
As Clinic Director, I thank you once again for this opportunity to present one of our kids. I invite you to join us at our monthly meeting at the real de Chapala in Ajijic on the second Thursday of the month at 10:00 am to meet our “Child of the Month” and learn more about our organization.
We have 3 clinics, Jocotepec, Ajijic and Chapala.
Should you want to visit a clinic or become a volunteer, please contact Barb Corol for Jocotepec (766-5452) or myself for Ajijic and Chapala (766-4375)
Please visit our website at: www.programaninos.com
Column: Child of the Month
Nicole and her husband Bob have lived in Ajiic since 2007. Nicole has lived in Canada, Japan, Portugal and Spain. She speaks French, English and Spanish. Since her arrival in Ajijic, she has been active in the community. She worked for the Red Cross for many years and has been involved with Ninos Incapacitados since 2009. “Working with the families is sometimes hard emotionally but it is so rewarding when we see the appreciation that the parents have for what we do.” Nicole and her husband appreciate the beauty of Mexico and the friendliness of its people.