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Maria Jimenez Makes Miraculous Recovery

Miracles do happen, and tonight we’ll bring you a miracle that transformed the life of 35-year-old Maria Jimenez. In April 2021, Hipolito Novelo visited a bedridden Jimenez who was suffering from stage 2 kidney cancer in a broken-down zinc house. Fast forward to today, more than a year after, Jimenez can walk and lives in more favourable conditions. Hipolito Novelo has the story. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: 35 year old Maria Jimenez went from this to this. From weighing less than 100 lbs to weighing 164 and from living in this broken down zinc house to living in this spacious two bedroom cement house in Lord’s Bank Village and today we paid her a surprise visit. 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: “Hi, it’s a pleasure seeing you. Total transformation! You look really really good. How have you been?”

Maria Jimenez, Surviving Cancer:  “Good so far.”

 Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: And so far Jimenez is doing excellent. She’s now able to walk, move not only around her house but in the district where she is recognised. After all, our first story of her has received 3.3 million views on Facebook. Tens of thousands of shares and likes reaching more than 4 million people. 

Maria Jimenez, Surviving Cancer: “Even when I was out by the roadside selling and people saw me like in April, March and people came from the states and they were like “Ms. Maria I can’t believe it’s you.” and they want hug or they want a picture. I said okay do what you want. I don’t have a problem with it. They say well I will take this back to my family because everybody in their family watched it and I’m like okay then, no problem.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: And when we last spoke to Jimenez, she was bed ridden and her daughter Naomi Ferguson in front of the stove. This time around, Jimenez is the one preparing lunch and as for Naomi, she’s doing well in school. 

Maria Jimenez, Surviving Cancer: “Naomi is at school or those times there in the afternoon I would say Naomi just passed in the school bus and went home and they’d say “Oh my goodness, I neva ketch ah.” I say oh my goodness, everybody wants to know about Naomi. Naom is good. Naomi is doing good so far. She is going to school. She is going in Std 5 now so I’m happy for her too. Right now she’s slowed down from doing a lot of work. Just all I ask her to do is finish school, do her work and she does what I ask her. I don’t rail up. I don’t curse up. I don’t do anything to her. I just talk to her nicely. I just have that communication with her like a best friend, like a mother and daughter stuff and we just talk.” 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Unu still play cards?

Maria Jimenez, Surviving Cancer: “We still play cards. We do. I just hid the whole box right there. We do play cards. Sometimes she just wants to be up late at night. She says “Ma.” I say “What Nai?” “I want to play cards.” We still play cards. I don’t mind. Only me and she are in the house so we play cards when we are ready.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: And you cook now? 

Maria Jimenez, Surviving Cancer: “Yes I cook now. I cook. I clean. I wash. I do almost everything in the house. When my house is dirty I just want to see it clean because you never know. Like see what happened today? I didn’t know you all would have come her so I had to clean it.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: A year ago, the thought of walking and seeing the outside world had left Jimenez. So did hope.

Maria Jimenez, Surviving Cancer: “One spell I gave up. When you know you can’t be giving up life so easily because you never know what will happen. To lie down in that bed was like somebody was eating you out too. Because it’s like you want to get up and somebody is just telling you no, stay right there. Stay right there. Stay right there. So it‘s like the bed is talking to you but something else is talking to you differently. Like I am happy I got out of it because I can move around and  can go where I want to go and I can always thank God for that because I know what I wanted and I got what I wanted to come back where I was. I know I’m not at 100 but I am happy where I am. I am happy.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: But her fight isn’t over. The kidney cancer hasn’t fully disappeared. 

Maria Jimenez, Surviving Cancer: “Now, the treatment isn’t working on me like how it used to work on me. So, now I have to go back to the doctor on October 3rd and see what they will do to it because the treatment is not working. I try not to follow it up but when I go back in October then I will know more or less what they will tell me because they haven’t told me what they will do or what they will have to do me. So I just left that like so and I just ask God when that date there comes let them tell me what they will do to it because they already told me that the treatment is not working so we don’t know what will happen after that. The doctor hasn’t said anything else.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: But in the meantime, Jimenez will keep on smiling because she got a second chance. A second chance to spend time with her family and a new addition, her granddaughter and her special someone. 

Maria Jimenez, Surviving Cancer: “Like when we have a problem at home or something I would tell my kids that I want a vacation and just leave you all here and just go from home for three weeks. My biggest daughter would say “Well go then ma. Who will miss you? I won’t miss you.” So I don’t pay them any mind. But life is good. Life is sweet more than anything today’s day. I have a lovely granddaughter. She’s nice. She makes me happy. Even though sometimes I am there, I think about her here so it’s like she makes me happy. My kids make me happy.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Have you found someone?

Maria Jimenez, Surviving Cancer: “Just dating. We are just dating. We aren’t really that way but we’re just dating right now. We have fun. We communicate with one another besides that we are just happy.” 

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: And for those who supported and prayed for Jimenez, a big thank you.

Maria Jimenez, Surviving Cancer: “I just want to say thanks to everybody who was there for me, who did not give up on me and who knew I could make it and I just thank God for being there for me for all the time that I was there by myself. I spoke to him most of the time and my kids and my little grandbaby and my family and my happy home right there.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Reporting for Love News, Hipolito Novelo.