Victory for Victoria

Victoria is a 2.5 year old who was born two months early. During the birth and soon after it became obvious that her heart, lungs and intestinal systems were severely underdeveloped. Her first surgery was two days after her birth and after 8 operations her heart and lungs are better. However, as a result of intestinal malrotation she has had a colostomy bag since birth. She still needs one final surgery to connect the intestine to the stomach. The doctors attempted to do that in August of 2017, but were unsuccessful and she almost died. The family has been told this final surgery will now take place March 10, 2018. After the surgery she will be required to see the doctor every 3 months for a year. The hospital, near Cancun, Mexico, is 36 hours by bus from where she lives in a small village in Guerrero, Mexico. The hospital stays average about one week for each visit. To fly costs approximately $807 USD per person (4 people). The hospital covers the surgery and doctor (Dr. Francisco Granados) fees. The family has to pay for the hospital towels, sheets, all medications (apprx. $54 USD per shot), x-rays, blood work (combined cost of apprx. $215 USD), food, if it is hot then fans, etc. They usually stay at the hospital, sleeping on the floor and taking turns tending to Victoria at night.

 Victoria’s mother, Jacquie, is divorced from Victoria’s father, but they try to share the medical bills equally. When Jacqueline became pregnant with Victoria she was in law school. Over this past two years, even with a sick baby and another daughter, she was able to graduate with honors - earning a degree in family law. She has been unable to begin her law career due to the requirements of frequent trips to the hospital and medical/lab tests, which have to be done in the larger cities and usually require some travel. She has two offers by attorneys to join their practice, but she is unable to do that until this chapter in Victoria’s life is complete. Meanwhile Jacquie runs a road-side snack shack with all of the proceeds going to Victoria’s medical bills. She also works in a local hotel, cleaning rooms. Everyone in the family contributes what they can. Jacquie does her best to keep her family together and close to their extended family.

This family has worked so hard and sacrificed so much to give Victoria everything she needs. I would really like to help them with this last portion of their journey. Please consider making a donation and then sharing Victoria’s story with others.

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  • Debra Twombly 
    • $30 
    • 10 mos
  • Emery Paquin 
    • $100 
    • 14 mos
  • Heidi Klosterman 
    • $60 
    • 14 mos
  • Daniela Varas 
    • $10 
    • 14 mos
  • Melissa Clarkson 
    • $100 
    • 14 mos
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Mary Beth Barloga 
San Leandro, CA
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