|On May 14 we opened the doors of the Wholistic Center of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Misión Mazahua within the property behind the hacienda called El Molino (The mill) which was one of the first constructions of the Spanish colonists/conquistadores in this region, probably built in the 1540´s.) The vision of service to the community is projected to give attention to patients and to their families not only in the physical aspect of the patient, but also in the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family members. We believe that those people who come to the Center named “Siloé” come with physical pain, and also with many emotional burdens; for which reason we need to go beyond the medical attention, in some cases consoling, praying and sharing words of encouragement and hope.
The Center will be attended by the following volunteers:
Dr. Alberto Leyva, Specialist in Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
Claudia Leyva, wife of brother Alberto who coordinates the therapeutic treatment, and is now training three of the young ladies who are part of the ministry of Scholarship and Discipleship .
They are–Dulce, Janet and Ivette, the first two are high school students in whom we see great potential for preparation for in-depth training after high school in the area of Physical Therapy. Ivette is studying Psychology at the university level and will be receiving training the area of Language Therapy.
We also have the support of “hermana” Esther Bernal, retired nurse who has been lending her services to Misión Mazahua for the past 12 years, as well as Joiarib Ortiz, (husband of Elizabeth) in the administration. In addition, we are setting up the service of a drug store with medicines and health aids at low cost. I also must mention the valuable support of “hermana” Paty, Claudia´s sister, in the area of secretarial support. She surprised us with the gifts that she gives in the service to our Lord. Paty has a son who is extremely handicapped which we would like for all of you to meet. Through Paty´s affection and care, this son has lived now for 20 years when the doctors had told her that he would not live more than 5 years.Alberto and Claudia have an office for therapy in Atlacomulco where they attend their patients in the mornings, but they have felt called to give their professional support and Christian service every afternoon at the Mission. From the very first day that we opened there has been surprising demand for the service. We thank God for this opportunity to serve Him.
Our Center will require many apparatus and equipment that serve in rehabilitation such as treadmills, stationary bicycles, laser, ultra-sound, and others as well didactic materials for children. The Rehabilitation Center will also be giving therapeutic attention through Equine Therapy using horses of the mission as well as Hydro-therapy using the swimming pools of the hacienda.