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Uriel Ethan Lopez Gil

Uriel Ethan Lopez Gil

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Uriel Ethan Lopez Gil

Hello! my name is Uriel Ethan Lopez Gil. I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona, but I currently live in Tijuana, Baja California Mexico. I was born on January 7, 2006, I am 4 years old. Recently I was diagnosed with a teratoid rhabdoid brain tumor in the frontal region.

My dad’s name is Israel López, and he works as a maintenance technician in a factory, my mom’s name is Lourdes Gil, she takes care of my brother Alan, who is six-years-old. My grandmother Mariana Aguirre, and my uncle Juan Luis also live with us.

Signs of Illness

When I was just one-year-old I started to get sick, I would vomit, my head would hurt a lot, and I would have seizures. So my parents took me to Hospital Maricopa, where they did several medical exams, and on August 12,2007 they diagnosed me with atypical teratoid rhabdoid brain tumor. On September 2, I started chemoteraphy, and on May 2010, I was discharged.

We moved to Tijuana in August 2010, and in October my parents took me to Fundación Castro Limón where we asked for help, and on October 7, my case was accepted.

Current Situation

Currently I am in a remission state, this means the active symptoms of my disease are at rest, and no new treatments, or interventions are necessary. Every three weeks I see Dr. Lozano for a check up.

Cost of Treatment

My treatment is valued at $78,469.20 pesos (about $6,359 in dollars) without taking into consideration a relapse or complications.

Elaborated by: Lic. T.S. Melissa Coronado

November 2010

Translated by: Cynthia Garibaldi

November 2010

Lizbeth Danae Calvo Garcia

Lizbeth Danae Calvo Garcia

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Lizbeth Danae Calvo Garcia

Hello! my name is Lizbeth Danae Calvo Garcia, I am from Tijuana, I was born on May 12, 1994, I am 16 years old. Recently I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

My dad’s name is Sergio, and he works in construction, my mom’s name is Rosario, and she takes care of my siblings and me while my dad works. I have a brother named Sergio Alberto who is 21, he studies accounting. My younger sister is Liliana Karime, she is 12, and is currently in junior high.

Signs of Illness

On July 2010, I discovered I had a small lump between my neck and shoulder, they took me to a private doctor, and he told me it was a swollen ganglia. He gave me some medicine so it would go away, but it didn’t.

Two months later I noticed it was starting to grow again but my parents could not take me to the doctor because they didn’t have money, so we had to wait for a whole month. On October 1, they took me to get an ultrasound, and x-rays, after this the doctor told my parents to apply for social security so that they could see me in the general hospital, but since it was taking too long we decided to get help elsewhere.

On October 8 I went to an appointment with Dr. Lozano at Fundacion Castro Limon. He made sure I got several studies done, and on October 12, I was accepted to the Fundacion, where I would receive support.

Current Situation

Currently I am in the second cycle of the maintenance stage of chemotherapy. I am doing very well, and having a good time with my other friends through this battle.

Cost of Treatment

My treatment is estimated to cost $194,221.10 pesos (about $15,739 in dollars) without considering complications that could occur.

Elaborated by: Lic. T.S. Melissa Coronado

Translated by: Cynthia Garibaldi

November 2010

Carlos Rigoberto Barajas Montes

Carlos Rigoberto Barajas Montes

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Carlos Rigoberto Barajas Montes

Hello! my name is Carlos Rigoberto Barajas Montes, I am originally from Rosarito, Baja California. I was born on July 26, 2006, I am 4 years old and I was diagnosed with atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor.

My dad’s name is Nabor Nahúm, he is a driver, and my mom Elizabeth Noriega takes care of my siblings and me while my dad works. My sister’s name is Elizabeth and she is 17, and my brother is Nabor Abdiel, he is 6, and goes to elementary school.

Signs of Illness

On May 2009 after having constantly throwing up my parents took me with various doctors, one of them was Dr. José Luis Pisano, a neurosurgeon, who ordered I got a magnetic resonance, when he saw the results he noticed a tumor, he told us I would need a surgery.Since my parents didn’t have the resources to afford it, they decided to seek for help in the U.S. We went to St. Jude’s Hospital, where they gave us instruction on how to get to the Children’s Hospital in L.A. We went to the emergency room on June 4, 2009, and the next day I underwent surgery where they removed the tumor, but left dangerous residues. After the surgery they told my parents the tumor was cancerous.

They started giving me chemotherapy to destroy the residues of the tumor, after seven months they took another magnetic resonance, and then informed us I would need 30 weeks of radiation in the brain, and back, after a month they noticed I was free from the tumor.

On March 16, 2010 I started taking therapy to be able to walk, and eat again. After my treatment we requested help from Fundación Castro Limón for followup treatment. On July 13, 2010 my case was accepted.

Current Situation

Currently I am in the maintenance stage of chemotherapy receiving oral treatment at home.

Recently I was diagnosed with bronchopneumonia and I’m being treated in COP.

Cost of Treatment

My treatment is valued at $358,000.00 pesos ($29,000 in dollars) without complications.

Elaborated by: Lic. T.S. Melissa Coronado

Translated by: Cynthia Garibaldi

November 2010

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