Iris Maria Mendoza Dias was born with cerebral palsy, which the doctors first diagnosed her at eight months old. By the age of one year, her mother was taking her for physical therapy. She had knee surgery when she was six years old, at a nearby hospital in Comayagua. Iris’ mobility began declining, she stopped attending school, and spent her days curled up in bed or having someone carry her to a chair where she passed the time watching t.v. Along with this, Iris’ spirits dropped and she became discouraged, fearful and in pain. Thankfully, Ned Schwentker, M.D. operated on her at the Leonardo Martinez Hospital in San Pedro Sula. Iris spent five months in casts, followed by daily physical therapy. It was one of the most touching moments the day this beautiful, young girl walked many blocks to my home handing me a letter. She wrote of her tremendous gratitude for our help and described her dreams of continuing with her school work, and perhaps one day studying to become a lawyer. Iris’ gorgeous smile and spirit have returned and she is one amazing inspiration! We look forward to watching her continued progress, and have offered her a new bicycle to continue to motivate her physical development.
Iris’ Letter to Emily
This is for someone very special who has stayed recorded in my mind and in my heart and a person that I will never forget until the day that I depart this earth.
Iris maria Mendoza