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Motul senior citizen seeks help to treat a rare leg disease

by Sofia Navarro
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Feliciana Pool Chalé, 78 years old, and Eraclio Balam, 83 years old, two Maya-speaking grandparents living on Street 4 between 7 and 9 in the community of Kaxatah, are requesting the assistance of the community to acquire medication and continue with the treatment that Feliciana needs for her feet. Two years ago, she developed blisters that have since caused extensive damage to her skin.

The elderly couple, living in a vulnerable situation, mentioned that their neighbors and other family members have helped as much as they could, as the medications are costly. They spend around 4,000 pesos weekly to acquire various antibiotics that Feliciana requires to heal her wounds.

The grandmother shared that it is the third time her wounds have worsened, describing them as blisters that form on her skin and eventually burst, causing damage to the tissue. She said, “This is the third time it’s happened. The medicines are expensive, and we don’t have the means to buy them. My husband’s children help us, but they don’t have much money either.”

Eraclio expressed regret that they still do not have social security, support from any institution, or assistance from the municipality to cover the expenses of his wife’s treatment. During electoral campaigns, they have been promised help to improve their situation, but those promises have remained unfulfilled. He said, “We don’t have any help, except for two small bags of groceries we receive. Some other people give us a little. The Motul Municipality always promises and promises, but they don’t help.”

The grandmother mentioned that with the current high temperatures, the blisters on her feet start to burn, causing discomfort despite her being under supervision. She said, “When it’s hot, it burns, and my feet hurt a lot, but a young woman who is a nurse comes to check on me after she finishes work.”

The neighbors in the area pointed out that apart from the medical assistance needed by these two individuals, support is also required to repair or replace their doors and some furniture to store their belongings inside the house, as clothes and food are currently kept in boxes.

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