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Posted 2017-06-19T23:10:00Z

Background on Noe's Condition

Noe is three years old and the grandson of Daniel, a maintenance worker at Club Marena.  Noe began complaining about headaches on April 30 accompanied by vomiting.  His mom, Alejandra, took him to a local clinic and the doctor told her that Noe probably had an earache.  When it did not subside, the next day she returned and was told that he may just be faking it. Finally, Alejandra took Noe to Hospital Tijuana where a pediatrician ran some tests and found a tumor.  They immediately admitted Noe to the hospital.  Although told that there was a tumor, the family was not made aware of the severity of the situation until the hospital transferred Noe to the oncology unit.  At that time, they were told that Noe had a Stage 4 Medulloblastoma.  Thanks to an agreement between Hospital Tijuana and Rady's Children's Hospital in San Diego that allows complex cases such as Noe's to be referred to Rady Children's, the hospitals obtained visas for Mom and Noe to go to San Diego on May 4.  At Rady's additional tests were performed, the diagnosis was confirmed, and Noe's surgery took place on May 8, 2017.  The surgeons removed the tumor and Noe remained in the hospital until May 11, when he was released with the stipulation that he would begin chemotherapy treatments in Tijuana.  Noe began chemotherapy on June 10 and will receive treatments every week for approximately one year.   However, due to the aggressiveness of the cancer, Noe will also need radiation therapy over the next 6 weeks.  

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