MEXICO CITY – Nine-year-old Mariel Ramos, who was smashed to the ground under a collapsing cement wall during Mexico’s Sept. 19 earthquake, was rushed to several hospitals that predicted she would die soon – but was finally saved by medical expertise and, according to her father, a miracle.
“My daughter’s case... it’s a miracle,” her father Jorge Ramos said, recalling that the family was at home in Iztapalapa, getting ready to take the kids to school, when the quake began and, terrified, they ran of the house.
As they hurried out of the condominium, which was totally destroyed, the temblor hit its peak of violence and brought a slab from a surrounding wall crashing down on Mariel’s stomach.
“When I saw her little face, I thought... she had died instantly.” her father said. But no, she was unconscious but still alive.
The family quickly took the girl to a private clinic where they were told that death was imminent, so they decided to take her to another hospital.
Her dad went into the street to find an ambulance and instead found a police patrol which, beyond all expectations, rushed Mariel by helicopter to Balbuena General Hospital.
However, the magnitude-7.1 earthquake had left a power outage in the area, so Mariel was then taken to Moctezuma Pediatric Hospital after a blood transfusion.
The next day she was taken to Magdalena de Salinas Hospital, where she underwent surgery after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto ordered public medical centers to attend to victims of the temblor.
When she arrived at that hospital, the little girl came out of her coma and doctors told her father to tell her goodbye.
Dr. Marco Antonio Torres, head of pediatrics at the hospital, told EFE that she arrived with “a very severe trauma of the abdomen” in an “unstable hemodynamic state.”
“She had a massive fracture of the pelvis” and that put her “in a state of shock” caused by a severe loss of blood and bodily fluids, the pediatrician said.
All that made Mariel “lose consciousness” and diminished her “vital signs to an absolute minimum.”
But her surgery went well, and afterwards Mariel spent all day sleeping. She dreamed she was playing at school with a girl who said she was going to be just fine and not to be afraid, her father said. “Maybe it was a little angel that helped her.”
Mariel is currently feeling well and on the road to recovery at the hospital, watching horror movies on her cell phone and doing jigsaw puzzles with dad and grandma.
The earthquake on Sept. 19 left 362 people dead, most of them in the Mexican capital, and thousands injured.