Here at Casa de Luz, we have walked through an extremely difficult and emotional situation this weekend. Last Wednesday, April 12, one of our CDL children, 8-year-old Jose Angel, suffered a very serious accident. Angel was with a group of CDL boys who spent the morning helping at La Hermosa Orphanage project. While being driven back to CDL Children’s Centre, Jose opened the van door and jumped out while it was moving. He suffered a broken pelvis and some other serious injuries. Jose was immediately transferred to a hospital in Rosarito where he underwent emergency surgery to stop the internal bleeding. He was in critical condition at this point.
Unfortunately, there were no pediatric trauma specialists available in Rosarito (due to the Easter holiday), so after the surgery, the hospital requested that Jose be transferred somewhere else where he could continue to receive the care that he needed. The hospital staff was concerned that if Jose wasn’t transferred to a different hospital he could lose his life. After multiple phone calls, we were able to locate a private hospital in Tijuana that had a trauma specialist available. Jose was transferred there by ambulance on Friday morning. Since that time, he has undergone a second surgery to stabilize his pelvis using an external apparatus. He remains hospitalized in Tijuana in serious but stable condition. Doctors say that Jose will need to be in bed for 8 weeks while his pelvic bone heals (although we are praying and hoping for a miracle).
Of course, during this entire experience, we have sought to support Jose and his Mom Griselda in every way possible. This has meant long hours at the hospital and many phone calls and trips to ensure that Jose received the care he needed. It has also meant covering the financial costs of the surgery and Jose’s care. As Jose’s family has no insurance and he was under CDL’s care at the time of the accident, CDL has covered all of the medical expenses.
Jose’s medical bills to date have cost approximately $17,000 CDN. This is a huge financial setback for Casa de luz. One that we were not expecting, and to be honest, a cost that the ministry is not able to absorb without significantly effecting how many families we are able to help this year.
We are asking you to please consider partnering with CDL with your financial support to meet the very urgent need in the life of this family.
Please click here to donate to Jose’s medical expenses.