Child Of The Month
By Nicole Sergent, Clinic Director
Programa Pro Nińos Incapacitados
Angela Izel, L.F.
Angela was born in 2009, she lives in Ajijic. At the age of three (3) months her mother noticed that she had a small pimple in the left eye. She took her to an Ophthalmologist and she was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. She was treated at the Torre de Especialidades Oftalmologicas in Guadalajara.
Primary congenital, or infantile, glaucoma is elevated pressure with onset in the first year of life. It occurs in about 1 out of 10,000 births and results in blindness in approximately 10% of cases and reduced vision (worse than 20/50 in about half of all cases).
The mother came to our clinic in Ajijic in April 2013 and we have helped pay for transportation and medication (eye drops) since that date.
Angela has had 7 procedures done since she was born and the last one in May 2016 was to insert a valve in her left eye to release the pressure that occurs on the optic nerve.
She will have the same procedure done on her right eye in the spring of 2017.
She is in school, a good student; however, she has difficulty with strong lights and can only read big prints.
We have reimbursed the family a total of 48,112 pesos.
We see families at 3 locations, Jocotepec, Ajijic and Chapala. Should you be interested in learning more about us, please contact Barb Corol for Jocotepec (766-5452) or myself for Ajijic and Chapala (766-4375).
I invite you to join us at our monthly meeting on the second Thursday of every month at the Real de Chapala at 10:00 am when we present a Child of the Month.
To visit our website: www.programaninos.com