“I want him to be saved,” said Francisca Isabel Gonzalez, grandmother of Vicente Arturo Aguilar Hernandez. Vicente is an 11 year old boy who is about to undergo heart surgery in Mexico City to save his life. And it has been the grandmother whose persistence and energy will, indeed, save her grandson’s life.
Born with a heart defect that keeps the boy from running, jumping or doing regular activities as a child, the grandmother has fought for years to find help for her grandson. His birth defect was corrected with a valve that was placed at birth, but it was supposed to be changed when he turned three, and was never changed. As a result, for eight years he has been in poor health that is deteriorating every day.
With a lack of resources, the surgery has been postponed over and over again. Francisca Isabel Gonzalez knocked on the doors at General Hospital, the Municipality and other bodies, all of which turned them away. They even turned to the United States for support, and got their immigration status fixed, only to be told that they couldn’t come at the last minute.
Finally, she approached the people of the Pedro Zaragoza Vizcarra Foundation, headed by Pedro Zaragoza Fuentes for help. And now it appears, with their assistance, she is going to get the help she needs for her grandson.
The Foundation is taking over paying for transportation to Mexico City and for the cost of the operation. The surgery will be performed at the Hospital Siglo XXI del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) and they are looking forward to the day when Vicente will feel and act like a normal child again.