A Mother Recalls Her Daughter's Long Journey to Shriners Children's Texas
Belen doesn’t remember exactly how her accident happened.
She just remembers playing with a puppy on a rooftop in her hometown in Mexico, and her right arm accidentally coming into direct contact with power lines.
Neighbors quickly alerted her mom, Jovita, who rushed to be by her daughter’s side. When she first saw Belen, she said her mind went to the worst possible outcome. “I got to the edge of the house and saw her lying there, all burned up,” she said. “When I looked at her, she was dripping some fluid and it smelled very bad. Then, I thought, my daughter had died.”
An ambulance was called to the scene, but would not travel to the family’s location. So, Jovita decided to take matters into her own hands and use the family’s pickup truck to transport Belen to the local hospital. “I said: 'Let’s go, let’s take her,'” she said. Once there, the family was told that Belen was badly hurt and that she would need a cardiologist. But, no treatment or cardiologist was available.
Doctors recommended that Belen seek treatment at a hospital nearly two and half hours away. However, no ambulance would travel to that hospital either. So, Belen and her family would have to make the difficult journey themselves. After a month of treatment there, Belen’s doctor recommended that she see a plastic surgeon for the burns on her arm, and any possible infection.
This led Belen and her mom to Shriners Children’s in Guadalajara. There, she was treated for infection in her arm and she received more plastic surgery. However, Belen needed her tendons reattached, a procedure that they did not perform at that hospital. Upon her doctor’s recommendation, the family took a 10-hour journey from Guadalajara to Shriners Children’s in Galveston, Texas.
I thank God and Shriners for caring for us. The most beautiful thing is how much attention she has received. I am very grateful for all the support they have given us, both my daughter and us as parents as well.
Since becoming a patient in the Texas hospital, Belen has received reconstructive care and therapy to increase mobility in both her arm and her hand. While Belen is most appreciative of her physical rehabilitation and how fun it is, her mom is very grateful for the focus Shriners Children's Texas provides to the well-being of the patient’s family. “I thank God and Shriners for caring for us,” Jovita said. “The most beautiful thing is how much attention she has received. I am very grateful for all the support they have given us, both my daughter and us as parents as well.”
Jovita is committed to walking alongside Belen through this often-difficult journey. She actively remembers the trying moments, the many long long car rides, and the disappointment they faced in doctors’ offices. However, it was all worth it just to see her daughter smile again and progress on her road to recovery.
“I have seen so many things here that amaze me,” she said “I am very grateful. These are things I know they would have never been able to do for her in Mexico.”