Monday, April 23, 2012

Amazing Catholic charity

While the country of Mexico is not poor in comparison to the rest of the world, it is not a socialist country by any means. Its welfare system is underdeveloped and can’t reach everyone, so there are many people in very sad situations with little access to resources to help them.

Once again, the Catholics have stepped in to help, this time at Hospital Perineotologica. I went with some ladies from our Relief Society to see what these full-time volunteer nurses do. We had gotten together to tie baby blankets for the residents of the hospital earlier last month.  There is nothing like forgetting your own problems when you see people who have life so much harder than you do.

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With only 200 hospital beds, they have to turn many away, but they help over 1000 women who are the poorest of the poor every year who are pregnant and in dire situations. They receive free medical care including ultrasounds, clothing for the baby, food, and milk because the women can’t breastfeed since they have too many health problems. Many are diabetic and get blood sugar testing and insulin. One is currently an 11 year old with a 28 year old boyfriend. One pretty lady came in with the cutest little girl. She had been raped by a priest and gotten AIDS. They get prenatal counseling to help them. These stories were of course difficult for me to hear as an 8 month pregnant woman. Pregnancy is hard enough with a healthy baby, a husband and the support of family and friends.


If you are interested, here is the contact information of the hospital. They accept donations.

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