was the very first patient of Commitment. She
daughter of Augustin Martinez
Lopez and Catalina Ramirez Lopez. When
her, she was only 1 year and 10 months old.
The family is originally from Oaxaca. Her
was born in Hierba
Santa Oaxaco. Rosalinda is one of 5 children.
has three brothers, Sergio, Venuncio and Jose.
She also has a sister named Hermelinda.
in Baja California for 11 years. Her family currently resides
in the community of Las Missiones which is part of Colonia Guerrero
just north of
San Quintin. The family speaks
Trique, one of the languages of Oaxaca.
The mother speaks a limited amount of Spanish but has worked
Ductus Arteriosus or PDA. This is an opening between the
Aorta and the Pulmonary Artery. This type of condition
non-oxygenated blood to mix. The condition can inhibit growth. The
also leads to breathing problems. The
heart is subject to failure having to work extra hard to maintain a
of blood to all parts of the body. The
individual becomes very susceptible to disease especially those that
mouth, throat, and lungs.
pleased to say that Rosalinda made it through the operation with flying
colors. She is now in school and
well. All of her brothers and sister
have been to school and have finished elementary school. Sergio and
have already studied in secondary school. That
able to sacrifice to seek something more and better for the children is
exceptional given the income level of the family.
lives in a
concrete block building measuring about 300 sq ft. They share a kitchen
with Catalina's brothers who have families living next door.
Catalina has 6 brothers and sisters living in Las Missiones. They work in the farm fields.