Happy Father’s Day!
By Jane Sallis
You’ve no doubt heard about Patronato Pro Niños in its more than 45 years of providing medical and dental care to the neediest children in San Miguel de Allende. And you’ve no doubt noticed the huge changes that have occurred in our wonderful city during that same time period. But you may not be aware of how Patronato Pro Niños has also evolved with the times.
When Patronato Pro Niños began 45 years ago, there was no other organization focused on helping sick children. Over the years other child-oriented organizations have emerged. More recently the Mexican Government has instituted Seguro Popular, a healthcare program open to all citizens. In spite of these changes, children are still falling through the cracks. Catching those children—and helping them become healthy again—is where Patronato Pro Niños is focusing today.
Patronato Pro Niños never duplicates efforts or services that can be provided elsewhere. This allows us to expand our reach to more children.
Sometimes we provide free or extremely low-cost medical and dental care to those who need it. We also augment the services provided by other organizations. And, there are times when we provide funds for transportation—funds that allow children and their families to go to other cities for treatments not offered in San Miguel. In short, we work “smart”! So in honor of Father’s Day, we thought we’d bring you two tales of happy fathers and their healthier children.
José Gabriel’s Story
José Gabriel is a 10-year-old boy from the community of Cañajo. In August of 2012, he was diagnosed with meduloblastoma, a type of brain tumor.
The surgery and ongoing monitoring of José Gabriel’s condition was covered by Seguro Popular. But the surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and subsequent follow-up appointments took place in León, so it was necessary for Jose Gabriel and his family to make frequent trips to and from the Hospital Regional de Altas Especialidades.
Patronato Pro Niños supported the family by covering the costs of medical visits to León, for which José’s father is most thankful! José Gabriel’s last treatment was in May of 2014. He now needs to be seen only three or four times a year for monitoring.
María de los Angeles’ Story
Four years ago María’s family came to Patronato Pro Niños seeking help for the dialysis bags needed to treat her kidney condition. Then María was switched to hemodialysis, which required treatment in León three times a week. This placed a huge financial burden on the family, so transportation support in the form of gas vouchers was provided by Patronato Pro Niños. At last, in 2013, María received a kidney transplant. The surgery was performed at the Regional Specialty Hospital in León, a part of the Seguro Popular network.
For more information about the work we do, visit our website at www.patronatoproninos.org and learn how you can help us help the children of San Miguel!