Update on Diego

(Boy with Keratoconus helped Mary Bloom Center in Peru, February 2012)

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MBC - Mary Bloom Center, Puno, Peru

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The 2009 delegation had the opportunity to visit families assisted by the Mary Bloom Center. Particularly moving was a boy named Diego, in danger of losing his eyesight. Michelle Palmer, a St. Mary parishioner who is a nurse at Children's Hospital in Seattle, examined his eyes and said she is concerned that Diego receive immediate treatment. Obst. Luz Marron (director of the Mary Bloom Center, at my right in the picture) set up an appointment for Diego with a local opthamologist and made plans to take him to Arequipa where he can receive specialized treatment.

2009 Delegation with Diego and his family

Pressy with Diego with Presentacion Zaballeros after closing Mass of Bob Lindenau Tutoring Program


(Pictures by Aaron Howard)

In November, 2009, Obst. Luz Marron, director of the Mary Bloom Center, took Diego to an ophthalmologist, first in Puno, then in Arequipa, a major city an eight-hour bus ride from Puno. The doctor diagnosed him with "Queratocono Queratoconjuntivitis Actinica." The Peruvian ophthalmologist said that this disease strikes about one in every 200,000 children and that it manifests itself in adolescence. As you can see from the picture of Diego’s eyes, the disease has caused severe degeneration of the cornea. Diego told me he experiences blurred and multiple vision problems. After almost two months of anti-inflammatory eye-drops, Diego received medical intervention on December 15.

Diego with his father and Luz after the first operation

Luz arranged for Diego’s dad to accompany him to Arequipa and stay with him during the time of the treatment. He had a second operation on December 17 (on his right eye).

Here are pictures of Dr. Corrales performing the eye operation: Diego with his dad and Obst. Luz Marron (director of Mary Bloom Center)

Diego after second operation

My niece, Tonya, and I with family of Diego, January 4, 2012

L-R: Parents (Teodoro & Lucia), Fr B, Diego, Tonya, brother Victor Hugo

Luis Felipe & Katarine

Victor Hugo & mom Lucia

Diego taking a note

a happy moment in spite of ongoing difficulties

Luz, Dayron, Teodoro

Outsided the family home: Teodoro, Lucia, Dayron, Katarine, Diego, Fr B, Luz, Karen, Boris, Victor Hugo, Luis Felipe

A word with Diego before taking leave

Diego taking us back to highway

Follow-Up with Dr. Carrion in Arequipa, January 17, 2012

Dr. Carrion explained to Diego what improvement he should and should not hope for. Besides a new prescription for glasses, he gave Diego a prescription for eye irritation caused by over-exposure to dust.

Filling prescription for new glass, Arequipa

Arequipa bus station, returning to Puno

back in Puno with new glasses

Luz is working with Diego so that he can obtain a high school equivalency degree - and eventually attain an employment compatible with the condition of his eyes.


Report on Diego's Operation (for donors)

Overview of Work of Mary Bloom Center (pictorial report)

2011 Financial Report of Mary Bloom Center

Alejandro (boy with cerebral paralysis being helped by Mary Bloom Center)

Update on Francisca (a special girl at the Puno Orphanage)


Pictures from 2012 Visit to Peru

2010 Visit




Earthquake Relief, 2007

Pictures from 2006 Visit to Peru



Encounter of Lay Leaders (August, 2003, Puno)

Pictures from Oct - Nov 2001 Visit (with Fr. Bill McKee and St. John Parishioners)

Pictures of Earthquake Relief (October 22, 2001; Saguaya)

Pictures from 2000 (by Georgina Rea)

November 1999 Fotos

Other Recent Fotos (Orphan Girls, etc.)

Pictures added January 2000

Picture of Baby Francisca

Letter from Georgina

Pictures from Visit of Frs. Narciso & Faustino (February 2001)

Pictures from June-August 1998 (by Denis Bruneau)

Mary Bloom Staff and Volunteers with Banner (May 1999)

1997 Visit

1995 Mary Bloom Center Pictures.

Mary Bloom Center Retreat for NFP Instructor


Medical Exam.

Pictures of Christmas at Mary Bloom Center

Construction of New Center

Inauguration of Center. (June 1998)

Article from American Newspaper about the Mary Bloom Center

Pictures of New Center

Tragic News (death of Cesar Palacios)

Bishop Carrion blessing MBC (Obispo Carrión, 26 de junio de 1998)

Centro Mary Bloom (Spanish website)

Pictures of Mary Bloom.
Mary Bloom in Peru.
November 1996

St. Mary of the Valley Album

MBC - Mary Bloom Center, Puno, Peru

(new, professional website)