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Jan 23, 2015

Baby Mia Needs Your Help

Mia Alvarez

The family of a fourteen month old infant is seeking help from the public to cover costs for much needed medical attention that the baby girl needs. Mia was diagnosed with cancer four months ago and has been traveling to Merida twice every month for chemotherapy. She needs surgery to remove the tumors in her face and stomach, but without financing, the family cannot afford the surgery. News Five spoke today with her grandmother, Sandra Alvarez, about the status of Baby Mia’s health and the options available.


Sandra Alvarez, Grandmother

“When we found out, it was really devastating for us because I never imagined that a child at that age could be diagnosed with cancer. But she was and what happened was that she started with a fever and the first doctor said that it was her lymph nodes. When I went to a second doctor because the swelling wasn’t going down, he said I am ready to put you on a bus to Merida. That’s when I figured that it was really, really serious. We did a cat scan here at Healthcare partners and that’s when we found out that it was cancer. But the form of cancer that they had diagnosed her with down here was amebolastic carcinoma. But when we went to Merida and they did the biopsy and everything we found out that she has neuroblastoma which is common in kids between the ages of one to five. But she wasn’t one as yet. At the moment, she needs urgent surgery because she has one of the tumors wrapped around a main artery between he left kidney and some tissues and that’s the one that we need to get out ASAP. The one on her jaw, the swelling is going down tremendously with all the medication and the chemo that she is getting. With Mia, when we first started, we stayed fifteen days in Merida, came home for five and then we come back. her treatment has been every ten days. So she takes ten days for chemo, come home rest ten days and go back. So she is going to Merida twice a month. For February, she is set to have surgery in Mexico City. So we leave on the thirty-first to be there because the second of February is a holiday for them. They do her evaluation, she gets surgery; we have to stay there for a week after the surgery and additional ten days so she gets chemo immediately after surgery. That’s how serious it is.”


Sandra Alvarez

Duane Moody

“Is she going to recover from this any at all?”


Sandra Alvarez

“Well her treatment, her protocol treatment—as what they call it in Merida—is for three years before she goes into remission. And when she goes into remission after those three years, then she goes once every six months to Merida for them to do testing and if she needs chemo, then she does chemo. But her treatment is for three years. So you could just imagine the financial restraint that we are in.”

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